The star freshman showed off his dazzling array of signature moves, and UCLA could do little but watch. Flying from all angles, the Tigers took their show to a new level Saturday, romping 78-63 to reach the NCAA championship game.
Rose wasn't content to merely make shots, he wanted to stamp this Final Four as his own with a series of show-stoppers. It became an NBA audition in likely his final college weekend as he helped Memphis (38-1) set the major college basketball record for wins in a season.
Rose put up lefty floaters and righty scoops, often changing hands in mid-air, and threw one try over his shoulder. He was in perpetual motion - once, he caught a pass in traffic, stutter-stepped just long enough to look his defender in the eye, and then sped past him for an easy but showy layup.
"I just try to attack when I get the ball and hopefully jump over them and shoot," he said.