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Rose signs with the Salt Lake City Stars

Bahamian point guard being counted on to provide a spark off the bench
Bahamian point guard L.J. Rose has re-signed with the Salt Lake City Stars of the NBA’s G-League. He is shown here trying to go around a defender during his collegiate basketball days with BYU. FILE

The Salt Lake City Stars of the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) G-League re-signed former Brigham Young University (BYU) guard L.J. Rose yesterday.

The Stars elected to sign the Bahamian point guard and waive veteran guard Jermaine Taylor ahead of the NBA G-League Showcase, which also started yesterday. Taylor saw action in 19 games with the Stars, averaging 12.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.

Rose began the season with the Utah Jazz affiliate but only played in two games before being waived on November 30. He averaged 2.5 points, 2.0 assists and four minutes per game. Rose will play backup to former South Dakota State University guard Nate Wolters, who is currently on a two-way contract with the Stars.

“For the most part, it’s been great. (There are) a lot of great people here,” Rose said about playing for the Stars. “Being comfortable is a big deal in basketball. For me, I just feel it’s a great opportunity. I like being here.”

Rose initially earned a spot on the Stars’ roster through a local tryout. Rose competed for The Bahamas’ senior men’s national basketball team in the International Basketball Federation’s (FIBA) World Cup Qualifier during his time away from the Stars. In two games, he averaged 8.5 points, nine assists and six rebounds.

Rose spent his final collegiate season at BYU as a graduate transfer and averaged 5.5 points and 4.7 assists in 25 games. Prior to moving to BYU, the 6’3”, 200-pound point guard spent three seasons at the University of Houston. He played just two games during the 2015-16 season before being sidelined with a foot injury. Rose averaged 9.7 points and 5.3 assists as a junior and put up 8.9 points and 5.5 assists as a sophomore. Rose spent his freshman year at Baylor University but saw limited playing time. He averaged less than one point and 1.2 assists per game.

The Stars will look to Rose to help with playmaking and ball movement, two areas the team has struggled with this season. The Stars are currently last in the Southwest Division of the NBA G-League with a 4-22 win/loss record, the worst in the league. The Stars shoot just 36.2 percent from the field as a team and grab the fewest rebounds in the league. Salt Lake City looks to reverse its fortunes starting on Saturday when it takes on the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

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