SMU was one the first schools to call and offer 2014 big man Adonis De La Rosa of Christ the King in New York.
After dropping 30 pounds last summer, De La Rosa received a phone call from head coach Larry Brown about a scholarship to join the Mustangs on the Hilltop. The 6-foot-10, 250-pounder enjoyed their exchange as Brown explained why SMU would be a perfect fit for him.
"We had a good conversation," he said. "Larry Brown is an NBA coach and an NBA guy, so that's exactly what I am looking for, a coach with great experience and background."
De La Rosa is familiar with the recruiting process after already watching his older brother, Joey, who is now a junior at Florida International. De La Rosa says he hasn't started to narrow his list down yet, but SMU is definitely in the mix.
"I haven't taken a visit or anything, but I think it's a really good school," he said. "I'm going to schedule one soon and see what my parents think about it, but I like everything so far."
The three-star prospect also holds offers from Georgetown, Florida State, Drexel, Hofstra and Providence. He has also spoken with Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Kansas and St. John's recently and hopes to pick up more offers soon.
"I want to go to a school where I will be successful," he said. "Academics and classes will be important, but I also want to feel like an important player wherever I go. I want to be the best big man and be at a school where they have coaches that can develop bigs."
De La Rosa has worked incredibly hard on his game since entering high school. With soft hands and a great touch around the basket, he has the ability to dominate defenders inside. His size and footwork also allow him to protect the paint on defense.
"I know I'm a terrific scorer with my back to the basket," he said. "I'm just working on getting in even better shape and being in the best condition I can possibly be in for next season, so I can dominate for entire games."
The SMU coaching staff has made it a priority to land a top-level big man from the Class of 2014. The focus will be on five-star in-state guys like Myles Turner and Elbert Robinson, but Delarosa could also be a terrific addition.
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