Memphis' Rose blooms in collegiate debut
San Diego Union-Tribune
November 6, 2007
Derrick Rose didn't take long to adjust to the college game.
The touted freshman had 17 points, six rebounds and five assists in his collegiate debut and No. 3 Memphis beat Tennessee-Martin 102-71 last night in the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic in Memphis.
“When we were dying, he scored,” Memphis coach John Calipari said. “We were dying, he blocks a shot. We were dying, he goes in there and makes a play.”
Rose was 8-for-16 from the field and had four dunks, bringing the 16,555 fans at FedExForum to their feet cheering each time. He also had a block on a breakaway in the first half that brought Calipari out of his chair and invigorated the Tigers' bench.