2007 combo guard prospect Derrick Rose is as a complete guard prospect as anyone out there on the circuit. That is why Rose, 6-foot-2, 180-pounds, from Simeon High School in Chicago, Ill., is the No. 2 ranked prospect in the class of 2007, behind only O.J. Mayo. Not a house hold name yet, like Mayo, Rose’s recruitment is beginning to heat up.
"Derrick is getting interest from Illinois, DePaul, Marquette, and most of the rest of the midwest,” said Ferrari AAU coach Luther Topps. “By the time he is a senior, I wouldn't be surprised if everybody in the country isn’t recruiting him. He is a amazing player."
Rose first impressed Rivals.com with his outstanding play at the Nike Hoop Jamboree for underclassmen. Later in the summer, he led Ferrari to a second place finish in the 15-under AAU Nationals.
Already powerfully built, Rose is a scoring point guard who can stroke the long ball off the catch or finish in traffic at the rim. He is also a very good playmaker who knows how to set his teammates up with his penetration. In fact, he is sometimes unselfish to a fault.
“I’ve never seen a kid that is as good as Derrick Rose be as humble as he is,” said Coach Topps. “He is a great kid. He is very smart on the court. It is like have a coach out there. He sees things that some coaches don't. Derrick is a complete player. He gets a it done on both ends of the floor. He can play either guard spot and is a great defender. He has the four S's (size), (strength), (speed), and (skills).
"I think he needs to work on taking the game over earlier in the game. Sometimes he's to unselfish. All he needs to do is stay focused, and he will be a great player."