Derrick Rose: NEXT Big SuperStar to Watch

Tyreek HardyContributor IDecember 19, 2008

After Derrick Rose's senior year in high school, he was named Illinois Mr. Basketball. He was also named to teams such as the McDonald's All-American, Parade First-Team, and USA Today All-American. He played in the Jordan Brand All-Star Game and Nike Hoop Summit.

In his freshman year at Memphis, Rose averaged 14.9 points per game, 4.7 assists and 4.5 rebounds and was named Conference USA Rookie of the Year, as well as appearing on the league's All-First Team and All-American Third Team.

Derrick rose led the Tigers into the NCAA Tourney as the  No. 1 seed and went on to the NCAA Championship Game against the University of Kansas Jayhawks.

Rose scored 17 points on 7-17(41% FG) shooting, grabbed six rebounds and dished out seven assists, but missed a crucial free throw at the end of the second half to lose in overtime to Kansas 75-68.

Rose was selected first overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls and in his third NBA game he scored 26. At age 20 he is still getting better. Can you say "All-Star?" I know I can.