June 15, 2016
What’s better then a single Rose?
John Rothstein of CBS Sports is reporting that L.J. Rose, a 6-3 guard and graduate transfer from the University of Houston, has committed to Dave Rose and the BYU men’s basketball program.
As a graduate transfer, Rose will be able to play immediately. He visited the BYU campus this weekend and obviously found a lot to like.
The Roses aren’t related but there are close connections. L.J.’s father, Lynden, played at Houston with Dave Rose back during the “Phi Slamma Jamma” days in the early 1980’s.
L.J. Rose is a point guard who can swing to shooting guard as well. He has had an injury-plagued career, which began at Baylor. Rose has broken his foot three times, the third time forcing him to miss the majority of last season with Houston.
When he has played, Rose has been an effective distributor. He started 25 games in 2013-14 and averaged 8.9 points and 5.5 assists per game. He played in just 19 games in 2014-15 but averaged 9.8 points and 5.3 assists per game. His senior season (2015-16) Rose played in just two games before foot issues forced him out again.
If he can stay healthy, Rose will be a key addition for BYU. Since the beginning of the 2015-16 season the Cougars have seen four guards — Cooper Ainge, Cory Calvert, Jake Toolson and Jordan Chatman — leave or transfer. Chatman’s announced transfer plans just last week, so Dave Rose and his staff were under a little bit of pressure to find someone to fill in quickly.
Perhaps the best characteristic of L.J. Rose is experience. Only one BYU guard expected to be in the regular rotation — sophomore Nick Emery — played Division I basketball last season. Transfer Elijah Bryant sat out the 2015-16 season after transferring from Elon University and T.J. Haws recently returned from an LDS mission.
This also appeared on L.J. Rose’s twitter feed: