Derrick Rose: The Next Great Thing

Fonzi WatermanContributor INovember 15, 2008

He is supposed to be Jason Kidd—but a better scorer.

He is supposed to be Dwayne Wade—but a better passer.

He is supposed to be the next great point guard in the NBA.

His name is Derrick Rose.

Rose was a highly recruited player in high school in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois. He decided to accept a scholarship and play basketball for John Calipari and the Memphis Tigers. Rose, as expected, entered the NBA Draft after his freshman year.

But Derrick certainly made some noise in his one year of college. He averaged 14.9 points per game, 4.7 assists per game, and had a field goal percentage of 47.7 percent. Rose helped lead the Tigers to a 38-2 record, a season which included a Final Four Championship appearance.

Although his team didn't win, Rose was one of the best prospects entering the draft. He was expected to go before or right after fellow freshman Michael Beasley out of Kansas State.

With the first pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls selected Derrick Rose.

Rose wasn't just happy because he was going to play in the NBA, or because he was the first pick in the draft. He was also excited that he was drafted by his hometown team.

Rose was a star in summer league and the preseason. He was so good, in fact, that in the Bulls' first game of the season, he started at point guard. That sent veteran Kirk Hinrich to the bench. In his first NBA game, Rose scored 11 points and had nine assists.

It was a pretty good start to a hopefully great career for the 6'3" point guard. Derrick Rose will be the next great thing in basketball.