Whenever a Syracuse basketball coach walks into a high school gym, it creates a bit of a buzz. That is exactly what happened on Wednesday when assistant Mike Hopkins went to Bluecross Arena to watch junior point guard Quinton Rose of Bishop Kearney High School.
"It was unexpected," Rose said. "I was warming up and saw him walking to his court side seat. I was just really surprised, excited and grateful for the opportunity."
Such a surprise could cause some players to feel extra pressure. Rose says that was not the case as he just plays like he does every game. Unfortunately, however, he was unable to lead his team to a victory in front of coach Hopkins.
"I picked up two fouls early," Rose said. "I got back in late in the first half and got an and one. They were in a box and one most of the game so I did not score much. I finished with 8 points, 6 assists, 3 boards, 3 steals and a block."
Hopkins' appearance was far from the first time Rose has had interest from the Orange. He says he speaks to them at least once a month. Either coach Hopkins or fellow assistant Adrian Autry are his primary recruiters.
"They ask how things are going and tell me what they expect to see and that they love my game," Rose said. "We haven't spoken about an offer, but as of right now I'm not sure where things stand."
Despite the lack of an offer, Rose says his relationship with both coaches is very strong. He thinks both are great coaches and great guys. In fact, he says Syracuse is his dreams school.
"Living in Rochester, we won't have a division one school so I naturally just went to Syracuse," Rose said. "When I was younger, I just loved watching players like (Jonny) Flynn and (Paul) Harris. Then guys like (Dion) Waiters and Wes Johnson. I just loved watching those guys. Then, recently, people have been comparing me to MCW (Michael Carter-Williams)."
An offer from Syracuse would mean the world to Rose. It would mean an opportunity to play for his favorite college program but also shedding that 'under the radar' label.
That label may not stick for too much longer, as he already holds six offers. They include George Washington, Temple, Memphis, St. Bonaventure, Providence and Duquesne. George Washington is currently recruiting Rose the hardest. He is also hearing from Creighton, Notre Dame and Wake Forest.
Rose played with 2015 Syracuse target Thomas Bryant before Bryant transferred to Huntington Prep. Bryant described Rose as a fundamentally sound, smart point guard with great court vision. Bryant said he loved playing with Rose.