The Carson Desrosiers Interview

This past week Ed Cooley was able to close the deal on the recruitment of Carson Desrosiers, a 7', 245 pound center transfer from Wake Forest. Desrosiers was a Top-100 recruit coming out of high school and played two seasons for the Wake Forest, where he finished 11th in Demon Deacon history for career blocks.

With this addition Ed Cooley adds much needed size and help at the frontcourt, with Desrosiers eligible to play beginning in the 2013 season.

Desrosiers was originally recruited under former head coach Keno Davis to Providence, but Desrosiers chose to play in the ACC for the Deacons instead. His recruitment the second time around – this time with head coach Ed Cooley – helped make the difference in his decision.

"I met coach Cooley and instantly connected with him," Desrosiers recalled on his recruitment, "so did my parents. The visit went well, and I really like what coach is doing bringing back PC basketball. The recruiting class coming in is great too, so I'm looking forward to playing with those guys."

With the addition of Desrosiers, the Friars immediately fill a much-needed position on their roster. Providence was impacted even further for that need with the loss of Bilal Dixon, who decided to transfer to Towson for his final year of eligibility. With one of the main focus areas of the spring signing period being the frontcourt, Desrosiers plans to fill that role.

"One of my strengths is creating matchup problems," Desrosiers said about his skills as a center. "I'm able to guard the perimeter really well. I'm also very good in the post, and will be able to post up for the Friars as well as run the floor."

Despite filling a needed roster spot, Desrosiers will not be eligible to play until the 2013 season because of transfer rules. During his season off however, Desrosiers plans on focusing to improve on a weakness.

"I need to strengthen up," he said. "I plan on focusing a lot of this offseason on bulking up to be even more of a threat in the paint when I'm ready to play in 2013."

In addition to filling a roster spot, the addition of Desrosiers also adds some age to the roster, which will see at least four freshmen next year.

"Coach and I spoke about that," Desrosiers explained, "and as an older guy on the roster I'm going to establish myself as someone my teammates can come to for advice, and set an example for."

"I'm looking forward to playing for the Friars," Desrosiers said. "I've started getting into a good repetition on the court and it was helping my game towards the end of the season [at Wake Forest]. I'm looking forward to bringing that to Providence. I'm really motivated."

Desrosiers was highly rated on a universal basis after leading Central Catholic (MA) to two consecutive state titles and averaging 16.6 ppg, 13.5 rpg and 9 blocks as a senior. Scout.com rated him #41 overall the #9 center, Rivals rated him #91 overall and the #10 center and ESPN.com had him #64 overall and the #5 center. While Desrosiers didn't live up to those lofty ratings in his two years at Wake, he will have a year to sit out and develop under Cooley's watch.

With the addition of Desrosiers the Friars are now looking for a freshman big man that can play immediately to help add frontcourt depth in the 2012-2013 season.

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