Mt. Vernon Register-News


March 12, 2007

Derrick Rose unanimous selection to AP’s All-State team

Four future Division I prospects with aspirations of playing in this weekend’s state tournament — including one unanimous selection — lead The Associated Press’s 2006-07 Class AA boys basketball all-state team released Monday.

The final member of the first team is a junior closing in on the state’s career record for 3-point field goals.

Senior Derrick Rose, whose shot at the overtime buzzer gave Chicago Simeon last year’s state championship, was an unanimous first-team selection for the second straight year. He received first-place votes from all 20 members of a statewide panel of sportswriters.

The 6-foot-3 Rose, who has signed with Memphis, is averaging 25 points, nine rebounds and eight assists a game for a team ranked No. 1 in the AP Class AA poll the entire season.

Westchester St. Joseph 6-foot-6 senior Evan Turner received 19 first-place votes and will try to help his team derail Simeon’s title hopes in Tuesday’s supersectional at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Turner, who has signed with Ohio State, averaged 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists a game. Rose and Turner each scored 29 points when Simeon beat St. Joseph 74-66 in the City-Suburban Showdown at Northwestern University on Feb. 17.

Rose’s senior teammate Tim Flowers also is a first-team selection after making the third team last year.

Flowers, who has signed with Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is a dominant low-post player at just 6-foot-5 who averages 18 points and 14 rebounds a game.

Bill Cole, a 6-foot-9 senior who led Peoria Richwoods to second place in the state last year, made the first team with averages of 19 points and 12 rebounds.

Cole has signed with Illinois and his team will be looking for a return trip to the Elite Eight when it faces Lincoln in Tuesday’s supersectional at Illinois State University.

The only junior on the first team is 6-foot-3 Matt Roth of downstate Washington. Roth averaged 21 points and is closing in on the state’s career record for 3-point field goals.

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