Hoop Dreams NYC

High School Hoops Flashback D. Rose Vs. Brandon Jennings (2007)

By Jaquam Bodden
Oct. 07, 2016

This past summer the New York Knicks made some very interesting moves by acquiring Derrick Rose via trade, and signing Brandon Jennings to a veterans minimum.  To have both players on the Knicks right now is something I would have never imagined. Of course, there are many people who feel that having both of these players on the Knicks in 2016 is a waste due to their recent history with lack of production and injuries but it's still something to look forward to when you have two well-known players who look at playing in NY as an opportunity to improve themselves.

Jennings and D. Rose will always bring me back to a memory back during my senior year of High School in 2007. One of my favorite things to do on school nights was watch the Old Spice (now GEICO) High School basketball showcase on ESPN. When it comes to those games they have aired some of the classics, from Lebron James vs Carmelo Anthony in 2002 to many of the games that have been aired now. It was always a must see when Oak Hill Academy played on ESPN because they were way to dominant and they will completely blow teams out like it's nothing. It wasn't until January 2007 when I got introduced to Derrick Rose and Simeon High School. I heard about Derrick Rose when they played Rice in the Nike Super Six at MSG and lost a close one. That game was never televised and it was a game you had to be at, until this day I still regret not going to that game.

After reading the NY Daily news about that game, one thing I wondered is if I will ever get to see D. Rose play on television a couple of days later at school I found out from an old friend back then that Simeon and Oak Hill will be playing each other on ESPN. It was a marquee matchup of the top point guard in the class of 2007 (Rose) vs the top point guard in 2008 (Jennings). Watching that game was great it was one of those few times when I found out that Oak Hill is human. Oak Hill the Number one team in the nation at that time fell to then No. 22 ranked Simeon 78-72. Jennings was held to zero points in the first half but went off for 19 in the second half before fouling out. Rose Went off for 28 points eight boards and nine assists, one of the best performances I have seen in a high school game. It was that game when I knew Rose was for real. Check out the video courtesy of Gremlin2123321 on youtube. 

This is one classic High School game that will be talked about for ever especially among those who were there to witness it. As for now Knick fans in NYC gotta hope both Rose and Jennings stay healthy so they can help the Knicks get back to the playoffs.