Simeon star Derrick Rose wrapped up his prep career last weekend with a state title and a wave to the crowd. His future seemed settled, he would play in a couple of all-star games this spring and then head off to Memphis.
That could be changing.
Tubby Smith’s resignation at Kentucky could have a significant effect on Rose’s future. Memphis coach John Calipari is considered one of the top candidates for the Kentucky job. Rose signed a National Letter of Intent with Memphis in November. He could ask to be released from his letter of intent if Calipari leaves, but those requests aren’t always granted.
‘‘I feel that if Calipari did leave that the university would show us respect and release Derrick from the letter of intent,’’ said Reggie Rose, who is Derrick’s brother.
According to Reggie Rose, Derrick’s recruiting would be re-opened if Calipari left Memphis.
‘‘We would sit down with the new coach and give him a chance,’’ Rose said. ‘‘You never know, Derrick might buy into the new coach. He really liked it down there.’’
As of Thursday afternoon, the Rose's hadn’t heard anything from Calipari. ‘‘I think if he was considering leaving he would give us a call,’’ Rose said.
It’s too early to speculate about which schools would be in the running for Rose if Calipari left Memphis, but Reggie Rose did let something slip. ‘
‘We may have to get back on the highway and head down to Champaign,’’ Rose said.
Reggie Rose didn’t mention it, but it is also possible that Derrick would follow Calipari to Kentucky.