We've been hearing the whispers for weeks and finally decided to investigate. It appears that Lawrence (Mass.) Central Catholic junior Carson Desrosiers is the real deal.
"He's a guy you better know about because he's going to be blow up real quick," one assistant said last week.
While Desrosiers might blow up nationally, he's already a big hit locally. "We, as a group, won the state championship last year and he started at the five," coach Rick Nalt said. Desrosiers accounted for 13 points, 11 rebounds and 8 blocks. He's tracking as a power forward in college and apparently on course to be a good one.
"I think what he's done since the early spring and now into the summer and the fall he's become more rounded offensively," Nalt said. "He's a lot more confident and at 6-10 he can do different things. He can pass, handle it well for his size."
"I still think I can get better, I'm humble about things," Desrosiers said. "Now though, when I step on the floor I have some confidence to back up my game."
Kansas, the first of the "upper crust" schools to show interest, visited him last week. So did an assistant from UNLV. The parade of head coaches who have been in reads Jim Boeheim, Johnny Dawkins, Paul Hewitt, Matt Painter, Al Skinner, Keno Davis and Derek Kellogg. Word is Bill Self is a week away from joining the list.
Though nowhere close to deciding – nor should he be – Desrosiers has an idea of what he wants. "It's just going to be a place that I can fit in offensively and defensively and like the campus. That's the big thing for me … fitting in with the team and where I'll be in the scheme of things."
At the beginning of last summer, local D-I's were sniffing around. Now, the landscape of his recruitment has changed and is continuing to evolve. Nalt says Carson's game has room to make another leap.
"I think he's a kid who is fascinated with being good. He sees these college kids play at a high level and that's the driving force for him. He's just starting to love basketball. Early on he liked it and played because he was tall. He's truly starting to fall in love with it now."
The skilled power forward, as we said earlier, visits Stanford, Arizona State and UNLV this weekend. It's no cause for alarm if you haven't heard of him; eventually you will!