Quinton Rose had to wait a little longer than he might’ve hoped, but as of Thursday afternoon, the former Bishop Kearney star is getting a chance to fulfill his NBA dreams.
Rose confirmed to the Democrat and Chronicle that he’ll be signing with the Sacramento Kings as an undrafted free agent a day after the 2020 NBA Draft.?The news was first reported by WHAM 13.
“(Waiting) was definitely pretty stressful,” Rose said. “Just the uncertainty, not knowing, that was rough. I had faith and was confident, so it wasn’t too hard.”
After four years at Temple and numerous American Athletic Conference records, Rose wasn’t projected to go in the draft and didn’t. But the Kings extended an offer of an Exhibit 10 contract to Rose, which incentivizes staying with Sacramento’s G League team in Stockton if he doesn’t make the NBA roster.?
Rose agreed to the deal less than 24 hours after his pre-draft workout partner, former McQuaid star Isaiah Stewart, was taken by the Detroit Pistons as the highest-ever Rochester selection. It also gives Rose the potential to become the second former Bishop Kearney player in the NBA, with Thomas Bryant currently on the Washington Wizards.
“I feel good, and I’m happy, but I don’t think it’s sunk in yet,” Rose said.
Rose was a four-year varsity player at Bishop Kearney. He was future Division I player Antwoine Anderson’s backup point guard as a freshman on the Kings’ 2013 state title team, and he went on to make two All-Greater Rochester teams and the D&C’s AGR Team of the Decade. After averaging 23 points per game as a senior, Rose went to play for Temple.
With the Owls, Rose became the American Athletic Conference’s all-time leader in points scored and in steals.
“His best days are in front of him,” former Temple head coach Fran Dunphy told the D&C in February. “I think he’s gonna get better over the next couple of years.”
The 6-8 Rose is a combo guard who had a growth spurt in high school to become a lanky leaper and explosive ball-handler.?
“(Great athletic feats) happened all the time (at Temple),” Dunphy said, “so the spectacular became the routine. He just has an innate ability to play the game. He’s got terrific athleticism and size and length.”
Rose joins a young Kings roster that features former high draft picks at guard in De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield. Sacramento is coached by Bill Walton’s son and former Los Angeles Laker, Luke Walton.
Rose said Thursday that the Kings weren’t the only team that reached out with interest, but that they proved to be the best fit.?
“I just know they’re young, fast-paced, a team that’s up-and-coming and looking to build on the young kids that they have now,” Rose said. “So I feel like I can fit in with them.”
The selection of Rose by the Kings isn’t without its ironies. Rose knew one of the peculiar aspects about his signing when it was raised to him Thursday afternoon: The Kings were originally located in Rochester as the Rochester Royals (and they still occasionally wear Rochester throwback jerseys).
The other irony hadn’t yet occurred to Rose. In high school, Rose played for the Bishop Kearney Kings. Now, Rose has signed on with the Sacramento Kings.
“That one actually didn’t cross my mind,” Rose said. “Wow. That’s crazy.”
Rose doesn’t yet know his timeline for heading out to Sacramento, but he’s just glad he got an opportunity. The past few months, that’s what his parents have preached to him: “All I need is an opportunity,” Rose said his parents told him, and when he got it, “there’s gonna be a positive outcome.”
It might not have come with the sparkle of draft night, but the chance to make an NBA roster has arrived for Rose nonetheless.?
“I feel like I always had that mindset that it was possible,” Rose said. “I don’t necessarily remember a real switch when I felt that it became possible. It’s always been a dream, but it’s always been something I felt like I could do at the same time.”