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Motivated by his family, Quinton Rose eyes an NBA future

Rochester native tested NBA waters last month

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - While you're sleeping.

Quinton Rose is working.

"This is the most motivated I've ever been honestly," said Rose. 

That's because the former Bishop Kearney star is close fulfilling his dream of making the NBA. Something he always knew would happen.

"I've felt that way ever since I picked up a ball. I don't remember any transition in my mindset. That's always been how it's been."

After a breakout Sophomore season at Temple and a late growth spurt. Rose grabbed the attention of NBA scouts and jumped up Draft boards. 

"I think he realized how good he was. He realized like okay. I am good. I can play with them," smile coach Kevan Sheppard. "Having that self-confidence and now being able to step out and do it in front of the whole country. In front of the who's who."

The Rochester native averaged a team-high 14.9 points for Owls last season, including dropping 27 against the eventual national champions, Villanova Wildcats. 

Rose wasn't invited to the combine but still declared for the draft and tested the NBA waters working out for a handful of teams including the Celtics and Cavaliers before deciding to return to Temple 

"It was a really good learning experience. I learned a lot from the best guys in the world at it. It was definitely eye-opening."

When Rose wasn't invited to the NBA combine he was frustrated but used it as motivation. His father told him, 'if you handle your business in the present then the future will take care of itself.' He said those words have stuck with him as he plays for more than himself.

"I see my mom waking up at 6 o'clock every morning go to work and I'm like she can't do that for too much longer," added Rose.

He says it's been happening since he was in high school and it's something that's always bothered him. 

"To see her wake up so early to go to work just to provide for my brother and me, so I owe it to her."

His family has taught him a lot. Like to get what you want, you have to work when few are. 

"My mom, my dad and my brother they drive me to do everything. My dad would be up with me before school. 5 am in the gym with me," Rose said. "Honestly I owe it to them."

So while his mom and dad wake up early. Rose works until late. 

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