L.J. Rose Diary: Dropping North Carolina, adding UCLA
Words. L.J. Rose
Second Baptist School (Houston, TX) junior L.J. Rose is one of the most gifted lead guards in the country. Despite suffering from a nagging ankle injury last summer that limited him in the crucial AAU/camp season, he still has everyone from UCLA to Kentucky to Arizona trying to lure him to their schools. Rose has agreed to give HSH exclusive access by chronicling his thoughts in a regular diary.
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What’s up y’all! I know it’s been a long time since my last diary entry. My bad, I’ve been under the weather here lately. I had the flu, then I also had bronchitis, so it’s been a rough last few weeks. The worst part about being sick is you want to go out there and get into your normal routine, but your body won’t let you.
I didn’t miss any games, though. I played with the flu. That was tough, but I really wanted to play through it.
I’m feeling good now. My body is 100 percent, my foot is 100 percent, and I’m ready for the playoffs. I’m averaging 18 points, nine assists and six rebounds a game so far. We got second in the district, and that’s pretty big because we’ve got Westbury Christian in our district and they’re a Top-30 team nationally. We lost to them twice this year, but I think we’ve got a good shot at getting them in the state tournament.
My recruitment is going well, too. A lot of people were asking me about the situation with UNC and them getting a commitment from (fellow 2012 point guard) Marcus Paige a few weeks back. Most people don’t know this, but North Carolina was actually my leader at the time. I had visited there for Late Night with Roy and I really liked them. I just wasn’t ready to commit yet.
The commitment (from Paige) was a surprise to a lot of people. I knew that they’d offered him a while ago, but I didn’t think he was gonna commit because he hadn’t to this point. I haven’t seen him play, but a lot of people were surprised by the whole thing. From what I’ve heard it’s a good fit for him and I wish nothing but the best for Marcus and UNC in the future.
But I’m not considering North Carolina anymore. They’re not on my list.
I’m still very happy with my list: Texas, Kansas, Kentucky, Baylor, Georgetown, Florida, Miami, Florida State, Michigan State and just recently I added UCLA.
Of course y’all know that my boy Rasheed Sulaimon recently committed to Duke, and I think that’s a great situation for him! I’m really happy for him. He always wanted to play at Duke and now he’s living out his dream of playing for one of the best coaches ever. I don’t think we’ll be teaming up together or anything, but I’m happy for him.
I don’t plan to cut my list again. I’m probably just gonna make my decision when I’m ready. I’m looking close at each school on my list and I’ll decide and make my decision from there.
I’m planning to visit Kansas and UCLA pretty soon and I’m gonna visit Kentucky in the spring. I don’t have exact dates yet, but I know I’ll visit those schools soon.
A lot of guys that are committed to the schools on my list are definitely recruiting me, trying to get me to join them. Of all of them, I’d say Mike Gilchrist (Kentucky) and Cameron Ridley (Texas) are the hardest recruiters. I talk to Cameron every day, and at some point in the conversation Texas always comes up. I’m tight with Mike, and ever since he first committed to Kentucky he’s talked to me about coming out there and seeing what they’re all about. He doesn’t pressure me, though.
For now, I’m looking forward to trying to win state. At this point it’s win or go home, and that’s definitely something that motivates us even more. I know that I’ve got to pick up my level of play and I plan to do that first on the defensive end. I feel like if my teammates see me doing that, they’ll start to follow and that’s important because that’s where it starts!
After my high school season I’ll start to prepare for my AAU season. Our team (Houston Hoops) should be really good this season with me, J-Mychal Reese and Rasheed. We’ve got a lot of other talented players too!
Well, that’s all I’ve got for now. Thanks for reading everyone and check back soon for my next entry.