GEORGETOWN — L.J. Rose made only two of 13 shots and committed more turnovers (five) than he got credit for assists (three) as his high school team lost at Scott County's gym Friday night.
Because a stress fracture discovered in July kept him off the court until Monday, the sub-par performance was understandable.
"Honestly, he shouldn't even be playing now," said Roger Kollmansberger, Rose's coach at Second Baptist High School in Houston.
The son of former University of Houston point guard Lynden Rose, the player is highly coveted in recruiting circles. Analyst Evan Daniels of Scout.com said his service rates Rose as a top-15 national prospect and the second-best point guard in the class of 2012.
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Rose (his initials stand for Lynden Junior) and his teammates visited the University of Kentucky Friday afternoon. The team plans to attend Saturday's Kentucky-Indiana game.
If that doesn't explain Rose's recruiting profile, his decision to attend North Carolina's Midnight Madness surely does.
"I was planning on going to Kentucky's (Madness)," he said after Second Baptist lost 58-48 to Quality Education, a private school in Winston-Salem, N.C. "My dad said a visit to North Carolina was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. He talked to Michael."
That's Michael Jordan, whom Lynden Rose said was a good friend.
The father, who played with Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler at Houston, also noted that he knew his son could visit UK while playing in the event at Scott County High School this weekend.
Father, coach and Rose said the stress fracture in his left foot prevented the player from showing his full array of skills.
"I think he's the best passer in high school basketball," Kollmansberger said. "I don't think it's close. Not only does he hit the open man, but his passes go to where a teammate is comfortable making the shot."
Rose said he enjoyed his visit to UK and was aware of John Calipari's track record with point guards.
"That's something I've got to think about when I make my decision," he said.
Plenty of schools want to be part of that decision-making. Rose said he was being recruited by "all the Big 12 schools, Kentucky, LSU, Duke, North Carolina, Wake (Forest), Illinois, Virginia, Florida State, Miami and a couple others."
Nearly all have offered scholarships. "Except for Duke," Rose said.
He said North Carolina told him he was their top priority. Kentucky has Michael Gilchrist, one of its highly rated recruits in the class of 2011, working Rose. "I talk to him every day, almost," Rose said.
Yes, he added, Gilchrist lobbies on UK's behalf.
"He says, 'Come to the best team in the country the next two or three years,' " Rose said.