NBA: Derrick Rose Makes It Official

John LewisSenior Writer IApril 16, 2008

Derrick Rose becomes the latest super freshman to make the jump to the next level and while he dominated the college game, what kind of pro would he make?

During his only season at Memphis Rose averaged 15 points and 4.7 assists per game with an assist to turnover ratio of two to one.  Those numbers don't exactly make you think of Jason Kidd at the point.

But during the final month of the season D-Rose averaged nearly 20 points, 5.2 assists and 1.8 turnovers per game, quite an improvement from earlier in the season.

Rose has done everything he could to stake his claim to the top pick in the draft but that is likely reserved for 6-9 Kansas State standout, Michael Beasley.  The freshman from Memphis literally carried his team to the final four with an athleticism that should help him transition smoothly to the NBA.

According to many scouts, Rose has so much upside because of his ability to handle the ball with either hand and can finish strong at the rim.  He is also strong in transition play and is very unselfish with the ball.

Rose can also control his body and has the speed to move up and down the court with just about any team which is why he should be the second pick in the draft.  His knack for reading defenses and attacking the basket are the parts of his game he has improved the most.

He has also improved his ability to drive the lane which has cut down on his turnovers.  He has also worked on his pull-up jumper and right handed floater in the lane which has impressed many scouts.

What he needs to work on the most is his defensive fundamentals and his decision making after passing half court.  Look at his age he's still a work in progress like any other underclassmen coming out early.

If Rose can continue to cut down on his turnovers he will turn into a Chris Paul type player with his slashing and scoring ability.

My prediction (this is an easy one) is that Rose will average somewhere around 10-15 points and 4-7 assists per game.