Crete-Monee senior guard Dwayne Rose Jr. made his college decision on Tuesday night as he committed to Toledo with an announcement on Twitter.
The 6-foot-3 Rose is an attacking and athletic guard who is the nephew of former Bulls guard and Simeon product Derrick Rose. With an ability to play both guard spots, Rose should help Toledo's uptempo offense, which traditionally features guards who push the ball. Rose played some shooting guard for Crete-Monee last season but really found his stride as a point guard later in the season when he started to put up bigger numbers.
Rose joins a Toledo program that has typically done well with Chicagoland products as the roster currently has Geneva’s Nate Navigato, Hillcrest’s Taylor Adway and Simeon’s Steve Taylor and James Gordon all playing this season.
Rose joins point guard Marreon Jackson and small forward Logan Hill in Toledo's Class of 2017 recruiting efforts. With a big senior season, Rose could easily find himself on the All-Area team at the end of the year as he's been a late-blooming guard who continues to get better through his high school career.
The IHSA boys basketball season begins Thanksgiving week as the state of Illinois will once again be loaded with talented players. NBC Sports Chicago presents the Chicagoland area's top 50 players to watch this season as the group features numerous Division I talents and exciting players.
For more information on each player, click on the hyperlink on their name, as we've tweeted about all 50 players during the week on our @NBCSPreps Twitter account. Be sure to check out many of these players this season on High School Lites as we switch from football to basketball beginning with the Nov. 30th episode.
Rashaun Agee, Bogan
Myles Baker, Whitney Young
Connor Barrett, Loyola
Ciaran Brayboy, New Trier (Harvard)
Bryant Brown, Waukegan
Trey Calvin, St. Viator (Wright State)
Kejuan Clements, Simeon
Fred Cleveland Jr., Leo (North Carolina A&T)
Tyler Cochran, Bolingbrook (Northern Illinois)
Keenon Cole, Streamwood (Northern Illinois)
Perry Cowan, DePaul Prep (Brown)
RayJ Dennis, Oswego East (Boise State)
Dashon Enoch, Oak Park-River Forest
Nate Ferguson, Lemont (Drake)
DaJuan Gordon, Curie (Kansas State)
Essam Hamwi, Maine South
Semaj Henderson, Downers North
Jeremiah Hernandez, St. Viator (Kent State)
Jaheim Holden, Evanston
Markese Jacobs, Uplift (DePaul)
Lance Jones, Evanston (Southern Illinois)
Marquise Kennedy, Brother Rice (Loyola)
Mitch Mascari, Geneva
Taeyon Neal, Providence-St. Mel (UIC)
Jeremiah Oden, St. Rita
Antonio Reeves, Simeon
Deng Reng, Wheaton North
Isaac Stanback, Homewood-Flossmoor
Artese Stapleton, Kenwood
Aaron Strong, Farragut
Evan Taylor, Glenbard West (Southern Illinois)
Kendrick Tchoua, Benet
Alex Timmerman, Crystal Lake Central (Bucknell)
Zach Toussaint, Johnsburg
Marquise Walker, West Aurora
Jeremiah Washington, Bogan
Tom Welch, Naperville North (Loyola)
Chris White, Marian Catholic
T.J. Wicks, Kankakee
Tujautae Williams, Orr
Joseph Yesufu, Bolingbrook (Drake)
Tyler Beard, Whitney Young
Seryee Lewis, Kenwood
Adam Miller, Morgan Park
D.J. Steward, Whitney Young
Ahron Ulis, Marian Catholic
Keshawn Williams, Bloom
Will Wolfe, Aurora Christian
Ahamed Bynum, Simeon
Max Christie, Rolling Meadows
2017-18 record: 29-4, 9-0 in Public League Red-South/Central
Postseason results: Lost to Whitney Young in Class 4A super-sectional.
Players to watch: Senior guard Kejuan Clements has been a consistent presence for the Wolverines the past few seasons. Transfer guard Antonio Reeves is a senior Division I prospect who started his career at Kenwood before moving to Arizona for his junior season. And Simeon's young trio of sophomore guard Ahamad Bynum and freshmen A.J. Casey and Jaylen Drane will all be players to track during the season.
Why they're in the power rankings: Simeon might have some growing pains to start the season with such a young team. But the Wolverines possess the talent to compete with anyone in the state. The key will be integrating Reeves seemlessly into the lineup while also developing the young trio that has so much promise and potential.
Did you know? The freshman duo of A.J. Casey and Jayeln Drane competed in the USA Basketball junior national minicamp during October as they were among the best high school players in the country.