October 31, 2008

Orange looking at Massachusetts center

Lawrence (MA) Central Catholic center Carson Desrosiers is up to about 15 total scholarship offers at this time. One of the first schools to offer him was Syracuse University. CuseConfidential caught up with Desrosiers to see what he thinks of the Orange.

"Syracuse offered me the first week in August," Desrosiers said. "I was definitely excited it was my third scholarship offer and at that point it was pretty cool to be offered by Syracuse."

Desrosiers, 6-foot-10, 210 pounds wasted no time visiting the Big East school since he took a trip up to Syracuse only weeks after he received his offer.

"I took a visit at the end of August beginning of September and I definitely liked the campus, I liked how it was kind of old kind and kind of new. The coaching staff, Bernie Fine is the main coach recruiting me and I like him, he knows what he is talking about. He also works with the big guys and that is a plus. Obviously, Jim Boeheim is a legend and I met him when he came to one of my workouts at school. "

On his visit there was a lot to see, but one thing stuck out more than others.

"What stuck out was probably the coaching staff. Bernie Fine is a real nice guy and he knows what he is talking about and he knows how to get players better," Desrosiers stated. "Getting a tour of the Carrier Dome was pretty cool."

Syracuse Head Coach Jim Boeheim does not look to be going any place anytime soon, but when he goes Mike Hopkins will take over for the Orange. On his visit the three star prospect liked what Hopkins had to say.

"I met Coach Hopkins before when I went up to visit and he had some good stuff to say even if Boeheim were to retire and he was Head Coach."

With his size the Massachusetts product is size will have him playing center, but he is a little more versatile than your prototypical center.

"I would say Syracuse is looking at me more of a center. I would be able to step outside, so I could shoot the ball a little from the foul line or three pointers and go inside as well."

As it stands now Desrosiers has a couple years before he is ready to play in a college game. With that extra time he will be working on improving his game.

"Right now I am working on my ball handling, so that is getting better, I can shoot, and I am able to take bigger guys outside and smaller guys inside."

One item that will be important to the recruitment of Desrosiers is going to be academics.

"I work hard in the class room now. My Dad is an elementary school principal, so academics are important to my family."

A decision is not going to come soon for the 2010 prospect as he will take his time and evaluate each school that is looking at him.


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