Chicago Colleges: Bryant Orange

Orange back on track with Rose's help

March, 10, 2012
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RIVER GROVE, Ill. – Being Derrick Rose’s roommate isn’t so bad.

You’re given a roof over your head and your own room. The refrigerator is always stocked. Entertainment -- televisions, movies, video games -- is never an issue.

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Scott Powers/ESPNChicago.comBryant Orange has gotten his basketball career back on track.

Rose is very giving when it comes to his roommates, but no one takes it for granted, and they all say they’d do the same way for Rose if any of them had made it to the NBA and he didn’t. That was the pact they made growing up.

Yet while being the reigning NBA MVP’s roommate is a comfortable lifestyle, it’s not something Bryant Orange, one of Rose’s three roommates, wanted to be defined by. He’s always had his own aspirations of playing college basketball and earning a degree.

Although those goals haven’t come as easy as Orange would have liked since graduating from Chicago’s Simeon Career Academy with Rose in 2007, he’s never stopped pursing them. He is now on path as a student and athlete to finally achieve them.

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