Chicago Colleges: Derrick Rose

Rose backs Smith for Illinois assistant job

March, 30, 2012
DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose put his support Friday behind his former high school coach, Simeon’s Robert Smith, to be hired as an Illinois assistant.

“I think he would be great as an assistant,” said Rose, who won two state championships at Simeon under Smith. “I think on the high school level he did everything possible -- win championships, state championships. It would be great for him to go onto the college level and see what he can do then.”

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Orange back on track with Rose's help

March, 10, 2012

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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From preps to pros, Chicago is hoops king

February, 10, 2012
Sometimes it's appropriate to speak when not spoken to. Sometimes -- again, not all of the time, just sometimes -- it's appropriate to pound your chest, pop your collar, find the mountain top and let the rest of the world know the truth. As unconventional and inconvenient as it sometimes can be. Sometimes you gotta go Kanye.

"Chicago is the basketball capital of the world!"

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Video: Chicago SportsCenter

October, 31, 2010

Chicago's SportsCenter covers Saturday's college football, the Bulls' big comeback and a Blackhawks' win.