"I thought he had a great week," head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "I
love Derrick. I thought he had an incredible performance in the
scrimmage on Saturday and defensively I thought he took it up a notch.
Derrick really pressured the ball very well."
I heard an excerpt of his interview on ESPN 1000 about Rose as well, and coach K spoke very highly of Rose's defense and made it sound like Rose was leading the team defensively and setting the tone.
While, it's no surprise that Rose made the team, unless you are new found Bulls hater Matt Moore [no joke, CBS actually hired this guy to write about basketball, and he didn't think Rose should make team USA and also believes the Bulls had a worse off-season than the Pacers and Bucks, he's presumably getting paid too], it's great to hear the way he made the team.
There are three things Derrick Rose needs to do in order to become a super, duper mega star. Increase his range, play defense, and draw fouls. Well, if he's locking up the guys at the Team USA scrimmages then at least one of those things has been accomplished. He's also mentioned that his range has been improved (though not as much as previously hinted at).
Sounds like Rose has really put in the work to elevate his game. I can't wait to see the results.