Tuesday, November 6, 2007
The Derrick Rose Era Has Begun
Hate to say I told you so, fellas, but I told you so.
The kid they call "Pooh" (and my favorite player not currently getting paid to play basketball) showed the world (or at least the good folks that have ESPNU, which I tried to get yesterday and failed) why he should be the first player taken next June, putting up 17 points, six rebounds, and five assists in his college debut last night against the University of Tennessee-Martin.
He may have just been playing a way less talented team like Tennessee-Martin, but he looked like he was playing on another level than everybody on the court outside of Chris Douglas-Roberts, who dropped 28 points. D-Rose raced past everyone down the court while showing unbelievable speed, he got to the rim at will, found open teammates for easy shots, dunked on dudes, and even caught a block from behind off the glass on a fast break. That #23 on his back really came in handy.
Quite simply, he was that dude last night. Well, he was that second dude - CDR was ballin' something serious. Of course, Christmas will come early for all college hoops fans when Rose and the Memphis Tigers go up against O.J. Mayo and the USC Trojans on December 4th.
The top two impact freshman at the point guard position, playing for two major programs, in Madison Square Garden, on national TV, when both are expected to be top 5 picks in the '08 draft. Who can wait?