Decision time nearing for Desrosiers

The list of schools Carson Desrosiers is considering has been narrowed down to three, but that isn't making his decision any less challenging. On Monday night, the Lawrence, Mass. 2010 prospect got a visit from the Arizona State coaches, a school that has been pursuing him for quite some time. Devils Digest caught up with Desrosiers to talk about this visit and his recruitment in general.

6-11 225 Carson Desrosiers entertained Arizona State Head Coach Herb Sendek and his assistant Dedrique Taylor earlier today, which gave his parents an opportunity to meet the Sun Devil staff for the very first time.

"It was a good visit," Desrosiers stated. "I've been talking a lot to Coach Sendek and Coach Taylor over the last year, and I have a great relationship with them. A lot of information he gave me tonight is information I heard before, when I visited unofficially in November, but it was geared more towards my parents.

"But there was also some stuff Coach said that I didn't hear before. The way the program is on a rise and the where the program was headed was some of the new stuff I heard and that's a big plus."

Wake Forest and Marquette are the other schools who round out Desrosiers' short list. Marquette will have an in-home visit with Desrosiers on Tuesday, and Marquette is likely to visit him at home next week.

The Demon Deacons have recruited the four-star prospect much later in the process than the Sun Devils and the Golden Eagles, and hosted Desrosiers on an official visit this past weekend.

"I was very impressed," Desrosiers commented. "It's ACC basketball so obviously it's a good conference, and it's also been a good conference for ‘bigs.' A lot of those players have been drafted or went to play overseas. Wake is a program that has been coming off a great season and they have a good recruiting class coming in."

Desrosiers will end his official visit circuit at Marquette the weekend of the 25th.

"They're in the Big East so that will be a good challenge for me," he remarked concerning the Golden Eagles. "When you think about the Big East you think about the physical, rigorous play down low. It's another school that plays an inside-outside style. I like how it's a basketball-only school, and basketball is the big sport on campus."

Desrosiers noted that his parents will accompany him on his official visit to Tempe this weekend.

"ASU plays wide open, plays inside-outside and shoot a lot of threes, and that's exactly how I play on offense," Desrosiers said of the Sun Devils. "Defensively they play the match-up zone and that would be a good fit for me. I would be playing the four with another big, helping him out. Someone would have to guard me from the outside because I can make that shot. I can also go inside depending on who's guarding me and who's on the floor with me."

The 2010 prospect was never apprehensive of the distance factor, and that is large part due to the fact that his sister lives in Las Vegas.

"I told the coaches that proximity isn't an issue," Desrosiers said. "If anything happens I can just visit my family on a quick one-hour flight."

Desrosiers is ranked as the No. 8 center in the nation by, and added that improving his ball handling and getting stronger are two attributes that he has been working on.

The recruiting process has been somewhat easier these days for Desrosiers, due to the fact that he has narrowed down his choices to three schools.

"It has been a little less demanding, so I'm enjoying it more," Desrosiers admitted. "But then again I'm getting close to my decision so it's also getting harder at the same time. Every single school brings good things to the table and there's no clear favorite yet.

"I would say that I won't make a decision before I take all three of my official visits and sit down with my parents and coaches and talk everything through. Hopefully I will be making a decision ideally sometime in the beginning of October."

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