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Derrick Rose's grade was changed at Simeon High

A 'D' from his last high school semester was upgraded to a 'C' on his college transcript

May 28, 2009

A teacher handed Derrick Rose a "D" in the last semester of his senior year at Simeon High School.

But by the time the University of Memphis got the future Bulls star's transcript, the "D" had been boosted to "C."

Rose was one of four Simeon athletes who benefited from a one-month grade boost in June 2007, sources told the Chicago Sun-Times Thursday.

The grade changes were outlined in a 2008 report by the Chicago Public Schools inspector general, a report that did not name Simeon or Rose. However, sources said, Rose was among four Simeon basketball players whose grades were temporarily inflated after their graduation -- just long enough for them to be reflected on transcripts sent to colleges.

The grade-changing revelations are the second allegation of academic fraud to surface against the NBA's top 2008 draft pick in as many days.

On Wednesday, the Memphis Commercial Appeal published portions of an NCAA letter alleging a stand-in took the SAT for a student who went on to play for the University of Memphis during the 2007-2008 season. Multiple sources have told news outlets that player is Rose.

The NCAA also has accused the university of improperly providing $2,260 in extra benefits for an associate of a player during the 2007-08 season. Yahoo.com identified the associate as Rose's brother, Reggie.

Rose and his brother did not return calls from the Sun-Times on Thursday. However, Derrick Rose's attorney told the Associated Press that Rose cooperated fully with an investigation of the SAT allegations by the University of Memphis while Rose was a student there. "That investigation uncovered no wrongdoing on his part,'' attorney Daniel Reidy said.

Rose led Simeon to two city and state titles, Memphis to the national championship game of the NCAA tournament and was NBA Rookie of the Year this season for the Bulls.

Sources identified two of the other students benefiting from the grade-changing scandal as Kevin Johnson and Tim Flowers, both key members with Rose on Simeon's 2006 and 2007 city and state championship teams.

Derrick Rose spent only one year at Memphis, then led the Bulls to the playoffs in his first season as guard. Flowers and Johnson went on to the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.

Johnson left Wisconsin-Milwaukee in his freshman year and is currently serving time in Kane County Jail for armed robbery and aggravated resisting arrest.

Flowers also left Wisconsin-Milwaukee during his freshman year. He played at Kennedy-King last year and is expected to play for Chicago State next season.

CPS Inspector General James Sullivan refused to discuss specific student grades, but said no one was disciplined in the Simeon grade-changing case.

"It's still a mystery who did this,'' Sullivan said. "At least seven people at Simeon had the ability to access student grades and records.''

The password that was used to make the changes was traced back to someone who was out of town when the grades were altered, Sullivan said. However, Simeon staff routinely shared passwords, Sullivan said.

"No discipline was taken because we couldn't pin it on any one employee,'' Sullivan said.

Simeon basketball coach Robert Smith said he doesn't know who was responsible for changing the grades. Smith, also the dean of boys at Simeon, said he does not have access.

"I was interviewed numerous times by the inspector general's office, and I think the kids were too," Smith said. "They were here all year looking into everything. The first day I was interviewed was the day Derrick played his first game at Memphis."