2004 Spotlight: Justin Cerasoli

Justin Cerasoli used the KMOX Shootout to his advantage. The junior guard scored 27 points in a game against Rainier Beach. College programs are taking note of this former St. Mel standout.

Cerasoli Coming Into His Own

After spending last season at Providence St. Mel, Justin Cerasoli (Class of 2004) was looking for a chance breakout and gain some national interest. Mission accomplished.

In a loss to nationally ranked Rainer Beach, Cerasoli tossed in a cool 27 points. "I've had other good game but that was without a doubt the best game I played so far," Cerasoli said. "I was averaging like 12 points a game so I don't know what the 27-point game will do."

Well, what it did was put him in front of some college recruiters on a national stage and he seized the moment. Ohio State was in attendance and the Buckeyes have already offered him a scholarship. "We went down there for an unofficial visit a month ago," Cerasoli said. "They had a whole bunch of other kids there but I was the only one they offered."

In addition to the Buckeyes, North Carolina State, Iowa State, Seton Hall, Auburn and Connecticut are interested but OSU was the first and so far lone offer.

Last year, Cerasoli said that he averaged 15 points a game at Providence St. Mel. "It's a chance. The old school I went to was a small Class-A school. Not too many people really knew about that school too much."

Cerasoli says he can play anywhere from the point to the small forward and will likely tour with Verdell Jones' Ft. Sooy No Limit team this spring and summer.

We haven't seen him yet, but we figured that in the Class of 2004, it might be time to get to know Justin Cerasoli.

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