Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose

Derrick Martell Rose (born October 4, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association. A , point guard.

Rose was born in Chicago, Illinois and played for local Simeon Career Academy where he received national attention as a high school basketball player, leading the Wolverines to two state championships. Rated by professional scouts as the number one point guard prospect out of high school, he decided to play his college basketball for the University of Memphis Tigers. After declaring for the NBA Draft following his freshman year, Rose was selected first overall in the June 2008 NBA Draft by his hometown Bulls.

Early years

At Simeon Career Academy, Rose led his team to two straight State Championships. Simeon became the first Chicago Public League team to win back to back titles. During his senior year he led Simeon past then #1 ranked Oak Hill Academy, 78-75 on national TV. That loss turned out to be Oak Hill's sole loss on the season. In that game, Rose had 28 points, 9 assists, and 8 rebounds. He played in the Jordan Brand game and the McDonald's All-American game. Rose also played for Team USA in the Nike Hoop Summit. Rose's career record in high school was 120-12, which is over 90%. He was widely considered the top point guard prospect of the 2007 high school class. His AAU team was the Mean Street Express.

College career

Memphis 2007-08 40 40 29.5 1.2 0.4 4.5 4.7 14.9 .477% .712% .337%
Rose played for the University of Memphis Tigers under coach John Calipari. In his only year in the NCAA, he averaged 14.9 points per game, 4.7 assists and 4.5 rebounds as the Tigers qualified for the 2008 Final Four and went on to the NCAA Championship Game against the University of Kansas Jayhawks. The Jayhawks defeated the Tigers 75-68. Memphis finished 38-2, the most wins in NCAA basketball history.

On April 15, 2008, Rose announced that he would declare for the 2008 NBA Draft.

Professional career

Rose was selected 1st overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls. He then played in the NBA Summer League in Orlando until he was forced out by tendinitis in his right knee.


Rose goes by the nickname "Pooh". This name originated from when Rose's grandmother referred to him as such when he was an infant, referencing the fact that he had yellowish skin and a slightly chubby demeanor like Winnie-the-Pooh. Rose has a tattoo on his left biceps depicting a wizard holding a staff in one hand and a basketball in the other. The entire image is below the word "Poohdini". This is ironic because Rose has a phobia of medical needles, even refusing to get stitches as a result.

A South Side native, Rose is also an avid Chicago White Sox fan. Soon after Rose was drafted by the Bulls, he was invited to throw the first pitch at U.S. Cellular Field for the Cross Town Classic between the White Sox and the Cubs in 2008.

Rose has signed a shoe deal with Adidas for an undisclosed amount of money.

Honors and achievements


High school

  • Illinois Mr. Basketball 2007


External links

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