One month before Derrick Rose was to enroll at Memphis, he had not yet scored high enough on his standardized test.
He had tried three times. He had failed three times.
Can you imagine the mood in the Memphis basketball offices over this? Can you imagine the mood of head coach John Calipari?
Rose was a phenom, a sensation, the best player Calipari had ever recruited.
With Rose at point guard, Calipari could get to the Final Four and maybe win his first NCAA Championship. Without Rose at point guard, he would surely fall short.