The Toledo Men's Basketball program has seen a resurgence ever since Tod Kowalczyk took over as head coach in 2010-11. After a debut season of 4-28 overall in 2010, Kowalczyk led the Rockets to a 27-7 overall record and NIT berth just seasons later in 2013, making it one of the most miraculous turn-arounds ever seen in College Basketball. Now, Kowalczyk and his staff look towards the future and their goal of winning several Mid-American Conference championships. On Tuesday, the future of the program got brighter with the verbal commitment of Dwayne Rose Jr..
Rose, a three-star shooting guard out of Crete-Monee High School near Chicago is a versatile guard who will compete for playing time as soon as he steps on campus. After a visit to Toledo on Oct. 15 with his parents, Rose immediately had his front-runner.
"When I visited, family and everybody being together was a big part in me choosing a school. When I was there, Coach K and his assistants were showing me a lot of love, I felt it on campus too. I also think that Toledo has something big coming to their program and I would like to help make an impact and bring wins to the program," Rose told us.
"I like how he's honest with me," Rose stated on the Rockets' head coach, "He doesn't sugarcoat anything, he tells me what I need to work on to become an even better player and I respect that. He's also very committed to becoming great."
The six-foot-three, 185-pound combo guard will add flexibility to an already dynamic offense that has the ability to outscore nearly anybody in the country.
"I'm a combo-guard, a slasher type. I can play on and off the ball, whatever the coach needs me to do, I'm capable of doing it."
Rose averaged over fourteen points per game and four assists at Crete-Monee High School as a junior last season and has a message for Toledo fans as soon as he steps foot on campus.
"Be prepared for a lot of excitement and wins."