Rose lists KU among final five

Chicago Simeon High senior Derrick Rose has narrowed his list of prospective colleges to five: Kansas University, Memphis, DePaul, Indiana and UCLA.

Rose’s brother and AAU coach, Reggie Rose, told the Chicago Sun-Times that Derrick, a 6-foot-4 point guard, is in the process of setting up five campus visits.

“The decision was made by Derrick and the family,” Reggie Rose said of paring the list to five – a list that doesn’t include Illinois.

“We felt that these were five schools that were a fit for him. We’ve contacted all five and are setting up visits.

“We want the school that is the best situation for him where he will be comfortable. When you go to college you have to feel like you fit in at the school. On the court, Derrick would be comfortable anywhere he chooses. And I’ve seen some kids make career decisions on little things like what color a team wears.”

Reggie Rose said, contrary to rumor, Memphis is not the leader.

“The Memphis rumors are all over. There is no school ahead now, but people are saying a lot of negative things,” Reggie Rose said. “All I know is (the Tigers) were (ranked) in the top five last year and had two first-round (NBA draft) picks. Derrick is a let-me-prove-you-wrong kid.”

Reggie Rose told the Sun-Times his brother might take unofficial visits to Marquette and Notre Dame, which have also shown interest.

“Those schools are close, and we don’t want to miss anything,” Reggie Rose said.

¢ Leuer to visit ISU: Jon Leuer, a 6-foot-10 senior from Orono (Minn.) High, will make an unofficial visit to Iowa State this week following his unofficial to Notre Dame.

Leuer told he will make official visits to West Virginia, Louisville, Indiana and Iowa and is undecided about his fifth visit. Leuer, who played well at last spring’s Jayhawk Invitational, has mentioned KU as a possibility, as well as Minnesota.