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.
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.
Governor Quinn, Jesse White and Derrick Rose Support Atandt Effort Asking Drivers to Pledge to Never Text and Drive Again Atandt "No Text on Board Pledge Day" Gets Support from Idot, Tollway and Illinois State Police
Sep 19, 2012; CHICAGO -- The following information was released by the office of the governor of Illinois: Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and...
Governor Quinn, Jesse White and Derrick Rose Support Atandt Effort Asking Drivers to Pledge to Never Text and Drive Again
Sep 19, 2012; CHICAGO - -- The following information was released by the Illinois Government News Network: Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and...
Gov. Quinn, Secretary of State White and Derrick Rose Support At&t Effort Asking Drivers to Pledge to Never Text and Drive Again
Sep 22, 2012; CHICAGO, Sept. 19 -- Gov. Pat Quinn, D-Ill., issued the following press release: Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Secretary of State...