Graduate transfer L.J. Rose joins the BYU basketball team (Class of 2016)

Graduate transfer L.J. Rose announced yesterday that he would be joining BYU as part of the Class of 2016.

Rose is immediately eligible to play for BYU as he graduated from the University of Houston in May, with a Bachelors degree in Health.  An assist man and defensive stopper for the Houston Cougar’s, Rose’s Achilles heel has literally been his actual heel, having battle a foot injury since high school that has limited his play throughout his high school and college careers.

Rose prepped at Second Baptist School in Houston for three years, and Wesbury Christian High School for his senior season.  He earned first-team All-District 4 and Class 4A All-State honors as a freshman and sophomore, averaging 17.0 points, 9.0 assists, and 7.0 rebounds as a sophomore.  He was named to the ESPN RISE 2010 Underclass All-America team and also played on the 2009 U16 National Team that won gold medal at FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Argentina.  As a junior he battled a foot injury most of the season.  He was back for his senior season where he had 19 points in the state title game and was named to the All-Tournament team.  He was also named to the TABC All-State first team again as a senior.

Throughout high school, Rose participated in several mission trips to help the less fortunate. He told ESPN that:

“[Serving others] is great and it also just puts stuff in perspective in your life and it makes you more and more thankful to God for everything He has given you.”

Rose was rated 4-stars by Rivals, Scout, and ESPN, where he was the ninth rated guard in the ESPN 100 Class of 2012 and No. 63 overall.  He was also ranked the No. 4 player overall in ESPNU’s Terrific 25 for 2012. ranked him No. 61 in the Class of 2012, while had him at No. 70 and placed him at No. 74.  Out of High School Rose held scholarship offers from Arizona, Baylor, Georgetown, Kansas, Kentucky, LSU, Memphis, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, and Virginia.  He was also recruited by Duke, Florida, North Carolina, UCLA, Villanova, and Wake Forest.

rose_lj_300pxAs a freshman at Baylor rose averaged just 0.9 points and 1.2 assists as he backed up Big 12 scoring and assists leader Pierre Jackson.  After his freshman season he was granted a waiver that allowed him to transfer to Baylor without sitting a year.  He transferred to his hometown school Baylor to be closer to his mother, who was stricken with lupus.

Roses competed in 39 games at Houston with 44 starts and averaged 9.0 points and 5.3 assists per game, tallying multiple 100+ assist seasons.  His collegiate career was also hampered by foot injuries, limiting his playing as a junior and only allowing him two games as a senior.  In his sophomore season he led his team and the American Athletic Conference with 5.5 assists per game (No. 29 nationally) and in his junior season he averaged 34.6 minutes per game and averaged 9.8 points, 5.3 assists, 0.9 steals, and 2.5 rebounds per game. The 5.3 assists would have led the AAC for assists per game, but Rose didn’t not play enough games that season to qualify.For his collegiate career at Houston he earned high praise from his coach Kelvin Sampson, who in a news release said:

“There is nobody in our program that I have more respect for than L.J. The way that he has handled the adversity of injury has made him a better person with a stronger will to succeed.”

Receiving his bachelor’s degree in Health in May, Rose was eligible to transfer to any D-1 program once again without incurring the one year waiting period required of most transfers.  He made recruiting visits to  BYU and Wichita State.  Rose’s father played with BYU coach Dave Rose as part of Houston’s Phi Slama Jama teams from 1980 to 1982 and was a sixth-round pick for the Los Angeles Lakers.  Rose’s full name is Lynden Bernard Rose, Jr.

Hometown: Houston, Texas High School: Westbury Christian
Class: 2016 HT/WT: 6’3”, 200 lbs.
Position: Point Guard AAU: Houston Hoops
Profiles: MaxPreps, Baylor, Houston, ESPN Twitter: @5boogie
[usrlist Rivals:4 Scout:4 ESPN:4  avg=”true”] Offers: Arizona, Baylor, Georgetown, Kansas, Kentucky, LSU, Memphis, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, and Virginia

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