"The 6-foot-3 freshman point guard, considered perhaps the best men's college basketball player in the country, finished with five assists and four points as the Memphis Tigers strolled to an 84-63 victory against Arkansas State at FedExForum on Tuesday night.
"With a handful of NBA personnel in attendance, including Sonics general manager Sam Presti, Rose didn't show his amazing athleticism that's on display in a YouTube highlight clip, which is drawing raves from streetballers and NBA players.
"He didn't dominate, instead taking a backseat to sophomore guard Willie Kemp, who led the Tigers with 22 points, and junior wing Chris Douglas-Roberts, who added 16.
"If there's a negative to Rose's game, it's his mechanical jump shot and a quiet, low-key demeanor, which can be construed as nonchalance when he's on the floor ..." Read more about Rose and his NBA prospects.
Mike Conley led Memphis with 17 points ...
The highly touted freshman had 17 points, six rebounds and five assists in his collegiate debut and No. 3 Memphis beat Tennessee-Martin 102-71 on Monday
Calipari said Rose might be the player Memphis needs this year to push them into the Final Four.
"You need to have a guy, that when the game is on the line, he can just dog the other guys and do whatever he wants when he wants," Calipari said. "He can do that ..."