Position: Point Guard
Height: 6′ 3″ | Weight: 190 lbs.
Born: October 04, 1988 | Birth Place: Chicago, IL, USA
Drafted: 2008, Round: 1, Pick: 1 (Memphis)
Experience: 6 season(s) (2008 – 2015) + AT LEAST 7 MORE AT A HIGH LEVEL!!!!!
Current Team: THE NEW YORK KNICKERBOCKERS.
The Knicks and Bulls agreed to a trade Wednesday centered around Derrick Rose, the youngest MVP in league history. This, in the mind of THE MYBOYSAY NATION, is the “2016 FIRST ROUND PICK OF THE NEW YORK KNICKS, AND BASED ON THAT STATEMENT, THIS IS ALSO THE BEST DECISION THAT PHIL JACKSON HAS MADE SINCE HE SIGNED ON WITH THE NEW YORK KNICKS ORGANIZATION”.
“This is an exciting day for New York and our fans,” Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said in a statement. “Derrick is one of the top point guards in the NBA who is playoff-battle-tested. He adds a whole new dynamic to our roster and immediately elevates our backcourt.”
Rose was born and raised in the Englewood area, one of the most dangerous neighborhoods on Chicago’s South Side. He is the youngest son of Brenda Rose after Dwayne, Reggie, and Allan. All three were talented basketball players who taught Rose the in and outs of basketball on nearby courts. As his talent for the sport grew, Rose began to attract much more outside attention in Chicago’s basketball circles, leading his mother and brothers to restrict outside contact to him. She feared he would be exploited and his path to the NBA diverted by outside parties like street agents, similar to what happened to former Chicago prospect Ronnie Fields.
By the time Rose enrolled at Simeon Career Academy in 2003, he was a hot commodity for collegiate coaches. Despite his reputation, he played freshmen and JV basketball for the Wolverines. He wore No. 25 in honor of Ben “Benji” Wilson, a promising player who was murdered by a gang member during his senior year in 1984. Rose was not allowed on varsity due to a long-standing tradition that head coach Bob Hambric, who had been with the school since 1980 had no freshmen on the varsity team. That rule did not lessen Rose’s play, and he went on to put up 18.5 points, 6.6 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game and led both the freshmen and sophomores to city championships with a 24–1 record. Hambric softened his stance and allowed the freshman a chance to play on varsity in the state tournament, but Rose declined, wanting the players to get due credit. The next year Hambric retired and Robert Smith was hired, opening the path to varsity. In Rose’s debut, he had 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 steals over Thornwood High School in a sold-out game filled with college scouts and coaches. He led the Wolverines to a 30–5 mark while averaging 19.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 8.3 assists and 2.4 steals but the season ended after a loss in state regionals. Rose’s play garnered him his first national award: a Parade All-American third team spot.
During Rose’s junior year in 2006, the Simeon Wolverines broke through and won the Chicago Public League championship held at the United Center, where Rose starred with 25 points and crowd pleasing dunks. The team advanced through the playoffs and earned a berth in the Class AA state championship against Richwoods High School, where a fourth quarter buzzer beater by Richwood forced overtime. The score was knotted at 29 late in the extra period when Rose stole the ball and buried the game winning jumper as time expired, giving Simeon its first state title since the Wilson-led Wolverines won in 1984. The team finished 33–4 and ranked nationally, and Rose was awarded with an All-State Illinois mention, EA Sports All-American Second Team pick and another Parade All-American selection.
Entering his senior year, Rose was ranked the fifth best prospect in the nation by Sports Illustrated. In January 2007, Simeon traveled to Madison Square Garden to play Rice High School and star guard Kemba Walker. The Wolverines lost 53–51. The season’s highlight was a nationally televised contest on ESPN against Virginia perennial power Oak Hill Academy two weeks later. Matched up with hyped junior guard Brandon Jennings, Rose had 28 points, 9 assists, and 8 rebounds and in a 78–75 win. For his performance, USA Today named him their high school player of the week. Simeon went on to repeat as Public League champions and defended their state championship, defeating O’Fallon High School 77–54. In doing so, Simeon became the first Chicago Public League school to win two straight state championships. In his final high school game, Rose scored 2 points, but pulled down 7 rebounds and totaled 8 assists, while Simeon big man Tim Flowers scored 35 points. The Wolverines ended the season 33–2 and ranked first in the nation by Sports Illustrated and 6th on USA Today‘s Super 25. Rose averaged 25.2 points, 9.1 assists, 8.8 rebounds and 3.4 steals.
Overall, Simeon’s record while Rose played was 120–12. After his senior year, Rose was again All-State after being named Illinois Mr. Basketball and was named to the McDonald’s All-American team. He was also awarded with First Team honors by Parade selection and USA Today and USA Today First Team All-American.
Rose was selected to play in the Jordan Brand All-Star Game and Nike Hoop Summit. In 2009, Rose was named the decade’s third greatest high school point guard by ESPN RISE magazine behind Chris Paul and T.J. Ford, and had his jersey number (#25) retired along with Ben Wilson.
Rose accepted a scholarship to play for the University of Memphis Tigers under John Calipari, who recruited him after seeing him play in an AAU game. Strong efforts were made by Indiana University and in-state University of Illinois to sign Rose to their own programs. Illinois in particular planned to pair Rose and their five-star recruit Eric Gordon, who had played AAU basketball with Rose. Gordon, however, retracted his verbal commitment from the Fighting Illini, opting to play for Indiana, and Rose subsequently gave his verbal commitment before the start of his senior season. Rose chose Memphis because of the school’s history of putting players in the NBA and the prospect of Rod Strickland, a 17-year veteran of the league, mentoring him. Rose switched to #23, due to the fact that #25 had been retired by the school in honor of Penny Hardaway.
With the addition of Rose and led by veteran upperclassmen Joey Dorsey and Chris Douglas-Roberts, the Tigers started out the season ranked third in the nation. Memphis sprinted to a 26–0 start and claimed the number one ranking in the country for the first time in over 25 years before falling to the University of Tennessee Volunteers 66–62 in February. Memphis was able to bounce back and capture the Conference USA Tournament to qualify for the “Big Dance” with a 33–1 record. Rose averaged 14.9 points per game, 4.7 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game during the regular season and earned All-American Third Team honors among others. He finished as a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award as well as the John R. Wooden Award.
Memphis was seeded No. 1 in the South Region. Rose earned high praise for his increased focus on defense, hounding Texas Longhorn guard D.J. Augustin into a low-percentage game in the Elite Eight. In a match-up against UCLA in the Final Four, Rose finished with 25 points and 9 rebounds to lead the Tigers to an 85–67 win and a trip to the NCAA championship game against the Kansas Jayhawks. The win set a NCAA mark for most wins in a season (38). Against Kansas, Rose scored 17 points on 7–of–17 shooting, along with six rebounds and seven assists, but missed a critical free throw at the end of the second half as Memphis fell in overtime, 75–68. Memphis concluded the season 38–2. Rose was named to the All-Final Four team after averaging 20.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game.
On April 15, Rose announced he would forgo his final three seasons at Memphis and declared for the 2008 NBA draft.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS OF A GREAT CAREER THUS FAR:
- NBA Most Valuable Player (2011)
- 3× NBA All-Star (2010–2012)
- All-NBA First Team (2011)
- NBA Rookie of the Year (2009)
- NBA Skills Challenge champion (2009)
- Third-team All-American – AP, NABC (2008)
- McDonald’s All-American (2007)
- Illinois Mr. Basketball (2007)
Standing at 6 feet 3 inches tall (1.91 m) and weighing 190 pounds (86 kg), Rose plays mostly at point guard. Prior to his injury troubles, Rose established himself as one of the most athletic point guards in NBA history. Primarily a slasher, he averages 19.9 points per game for his career. During his MVP run, Rose was especially known for his ability to convert difficult layups. The biggest weakness cited in Rose’s ability is his three-point shooting; he has a career average of 30.0% on three-point field goal attempts. He is also a poor jump shooter, but he has developed into a better bank-shot shooter since his eye problems affected his depth perception. He has made nearly 70% of his bank shots, even when he only made 40% of his shots.
CONGRATULATIONS TO MR. DERRICK MARTELL ROSE ON HIS NEW OPPORTUNITY, AND ALSO CONGRATS GOES TOO THE NEW YORK KNICKS ON THIS GREAT ADDITION TO THE TEAM.