Born in Chicago, Rose learned the game of basketball from his three older brothers. In high school, he won two state championships and was rated by scouts as the top point guard prospect in the country after graduation. He played for the University of Memphis Tigers and reached the NCAA national championship game in 2008. Shortly after, Rose declared for the 2008 NBA Draft and was selected first overall by his hometown Chicago Bulls.In his first year of professional basketball, Rose was voted the Rookie of the Year and was selected to the All-Rookie Team.In only his second season, Rose was selected as an All-Star for the first time for the 2010 NBA All-Star Game; he was also named a starter for the U.S. Team at the 2010 FIBA World Championships.
In 2009, an NCAA investigation revealed that Rose’s SAT scores had been invalidated, making him retroactively ineligible to play for Memphis. As a result, the NCAA vacated Memphis’ entire 2007–08 season.
Derrick Rose was born and raised in Chicago’s South Side to Brenda Rose and was the youngest of four brothers. He grew up an avid fan of basketball, rooting for the Michael Jordan-led Bulls, and spending long hours on nearby courts with his brothers Dwayne, Reggie and Allan. With their influence, he dribbled at an early age and became ambidextrous. As his special talent for basketball grew and the number of city championships won increased, his brothers began to restrict outside contact to him, fearing his road to the NBA would be exploited and derailed by outside parties, such as with the case with former Chicago prospect Ronnie Fields.Rose played AAU ball with the Mean Street Express, where he was coached by brother Reggie and starred alongside Indiana prep star Eric Gordon.
In 2003, Rose enrolled at Simeon Career Academy. He played freshmen and JV basketball for the Wolverines and wore #25 in honor of Ben “Benji” Wilson, a former promising player who was murdered by a gang member in 1984. Rose wasn’t allowed on varsity due to a long-standing tradition that head coach Bob Hambric, who had been with the school since 1980 had; no freshman on the varsity team. That rule didn’t lessen Rose’s play and he went on to put up 18.5 points, 6.6 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game and led both the freshmen and sophomores to city championships with a 24–1 record.Hambric softened his stance and allowed the freshman a chance to play on varsity in the state tournament, but Rose declined, wanting the players to get due credit.The next year Hambric retired and Robert Smith was hired, opening the path to varsity. In Rose’s much-publicized debut, he had 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 steals over Thornwood High School in a sold-out game filled with college scouts and coaches.He led the Wolverines to a 30–5 mark while averaging 19.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 8.3 assists and 2.4 steals but the season ended after a loss in state regionals. Rose’s play garnered him his first national award: a Parade Third Team All-American spot.
Rose accepted a scholarship to play for the University of Memphis Tigers under John Calipari, who recruited him after seeing the high schooler cry in an AAU game.Strong efforts were made by Indiana University and in-state University of Illinois to sign Rose to their own programs.Illinois in particular planned to pair their five-star recruit Eric Gordon and Rose together.Gordon however retracted his verbal commitment from the Fighting Illini, opting to play for Indiana, and Rose subsequently gave his verbal commitment before the start of his senior season.Rose chose Memphis because of the school’s history of putting players in the NBA and the prospect of Rod Strickland, a 17 year veteran of the league, mentoring him. Rose switched to #23, unable to wear his customary #25, retired by the school in honor of Penny Hardaway.
Chicago Bulls (2008-present)
2008–09 season: Rookie of the Year
Rose was selected first overall in the draft by the Chicago Bulls, an unlikely event considering that Chicago had only a 1.7% chance of capturing the top pick in the draft lottery held that past May.He was selected to the U.S. Select Team to scrimmage against and prepare the National Team for the Olympics in Beijing.n mid-July, he played two games in the Orlando Pro Summer League until forced out by tendonitis in his right knee, ending his summer,but returned in October to play all eight preseason games.