Academic Scandals Hit NBA Rookie of the Year Rose

Sources say Bulls players is at center of probe into grade-changing, fake SAT score
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 29, 2009 4:30 AM CDT
Chicago Bulls' head coach Vinny Del Negro speaks to Derrick Rose near the end of a first-round NBA basketball playoff game against the Boston Celtics in Boston earlier this month.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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(Newser) – Two allegations of academic fraud have surfaced against the Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Rose, the top draft pick of 2008, had a high school grade changed from a D to a C on transcripts sent to colleges, sources say, and the NCAA is believed to be probing allegations that a player, thought to be Rose, had a stand-in take his SAT.

A lawyer for Rose, this season's Rookie of the Year, said the player cooperated fully with an investigation into the SAT allegations while he was at the University of Memphis and no wrongdoing on his part was found. A Chicago public schools official said nobody had been disciplined over grade-changing at Rose's high school because officials were unable to trace the guilty party.