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Thursday / August 16.
  • L.J. Rose: ‘Texas Is My Leader Right Now’

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    L.J. Rose’s recruitment has been complicated on at least two occasions.

    At first, North Carolina was his top choice but fellow point guard Marcus Paige committed to the Tar Heels before Rose could.

    Then Rose was mulling Texas and UCLA, but Dominic Artis pledged to the Bruins, mucking the waters even further.

    “Texas is my leader right now,” the 6-2 senior-to-be at  Houston Westbury Christian said by phone from the Nike Global Challenge in Hillsboro, Ore.

    The Rivals No. 14 point guard in the Class of 2012 also listed Georgetown, Arizona, Memphis, Kansas, Baylor and UVA, and said he planned to take officials to Texas, Georgetown and Arizona.

    “I don’t know about my other two yet,” he said.

    Texas has freshmen point guards Myck Kabongo and Sterling Gibbs, but the Houston native still likes the idea of staying home.

    “Yes, sir,” he said.

    Rose played this summer with a loaded Houston Hoops outfit that includes fellow guards Rasheed Sulaimon (Duke) and J-Mychal Reese (Texas A&M).

    Wherever he goes, Rose plans to bring a winning attitude.
    “I think I will bring leadership, someone who’s unselfish and is just a winner,” he said.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.