By David Schuster–
CHICAGO (WSCR) In just his third season in the NBA, Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, according to sources, will be named the league’s Most Valuable Player.
The Bulls are expected to make the announcement official on Tuesday.
At 22 years old, Rose will be the youngest MVP in the history of the league.
Born and raised in Chicago, Rose took an almost unbelievable jump this season to average 25 points, 7.7 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game while leading the Bulls to a league-best 62-20 record.
After spending one season at the University of Memphis, Rose was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, the same season he was named the league’s Rookie of the Year.
By the time the 2010-11 regular season came to a close, Rose was the clear favorite to win the MVP Award. But at the beginning of the season no one really considered him a candidate for the league’s most prestigious award, no one except for Rose that is.
“The way I look at it, within myself, why can’t I be the MVP of the league?” Rose said back in September. “Why can’t I be the best player in the league? Why? Why can’t I do that?”
Rose isn’t be the only member of the Bulls organization who will take home some person hardware this season. On Sunday, first-year head coach Tom Thibodeau was named the league’s Coach of the Year.
On Monday, Rose, Thibodeau and the Bulls began their Eastern Conference semifinals matchup with the Atlanta Hawks. This is the first time the Bulls have reached the second round of the playoffs since the 2006-07 season.