BIOGRAPHY: A dazzling freshman season capped by a spectacular NCAA tournament in which he led Memphis to the national championship game have made Rose a front-runner to be the No. 1 overall pick. If the NBA team picking first needs a point guard, it might be hard to pass him up, though many draft experts feel Kansas State power forward Michael Beasley will be selected ahead of him. Rose averaged 20.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists in the NCAAs and led the Tigers to a Division I single-season record 38 wins. Can take virtually all defenders off the dribble, but always looks to keep his teammates involved. Plays equally hard at both ends of the floor and has proven to be a very capable defender, though it's opposing players who must worry about having to defend a point guard of such size and quickness. Among his few weaknesses is a lack of range, having made just 33.7 percent of his 3-point tries at Memphis, but he's only 19 years old and could add that to his repertoire. Cut down on his turnovers as the season went along, though he did have five in the national title game loss to Kansas as he finished with 18 points, eight assists and six boards. Not much of a vocal presence, though he leads by example through his talent and intensity. Would be best suited to an up-tempo style offense, having flourished playing at a frenetic pace for Memphis as he displayed impressive energy, speed and court vision.