Sunday , Jun , 01 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Rose, Beasley Claimed College Helped Them Mature

Rose and Beasley—the former, in his typically humble and self-deprecating manner—both talked glowingly about the 2005 rule that set the minimum age for NBA entry at 19.

"I’m so happy that they made that rule," Rose said. "I matured a lot when I went to Memphis. Coach [ John Calipari] helped me so much, especially last summer, to make me a better player. I’d be on the bench or probably in the [NBA Development League] or something if I hadn’t gone to college." [Chicago Tribune]