De La Rosa Says SMU 'Definitely' A Favorite

3-star big man Adonis De La Rosa talks about SMU and more inside!

SMU's coaching staff has repeatedly mentioned in recruiting that 'every great point guard wants to play with a great big man.'

The Mustangs already have their great point guard from the Class of 2014 in five-star Emmanuel Mudiay, and now they are searching for the great big.

One possible target is three-star center Adonis De La Rosa of Christ The King in New York. De La Rosa continues to have high interest in SMU because of Mudiay and the experienced Mustangs coaching staff.

"SMU is a really good school," he said. "What I like about it is they run an NBA offense because of Larry Brown being there. Also, they will have good guard play next year with Emmanuel Mudiay so they should be really good."

De La Rosa has begun building a relationship with Mudiay through texts messages and social media. He says the two have discussed playing together at SMU quite frequently.

"He hits me up a lot," De La Rosa said. "He texts me and stuff like that. We have a good relationship. I think he's going to be a great player at SMU."

De La Rosa has also remained in constant contact with the SMU coaching staff since they offered him. The Mustangs were one of De La Rosa's first offers, and he has appreciated the staff's constant support since then.

"I talk to them a lot," he explained. "My coach from school normally handles stuff like that for me. He talks to them a lot, and we both think they are a great staff. They really care about their players a lot."

De La Rosa hasn't got a chance to see the Hilltop yet because he is waiting on his SAT scores before he plans any visits. For now, the New York big man is open to everybody calling him.

"I should get my SAT scores back on December 7," he said. "I'm waiting on them before I really start narrowing down schools, but I definitely consider SMU one of my favorites. They will most likely be a school I visit and take a deeper look at."

At 6-foot-10, 250-pounds, De La Rosa has received offers from SMU, Florida State, Saint Johns, Georgetown, Providence, Hofstra, Dayton, Stanford, Arkansas, VCU, Xavier, Maryland, Missouri, Notre Dame, Drexel, Seton Hall and Fordham.

He wouldn't give any hints on what other programs might be included in his top-five but said he has talked with his older brother, Joey, a lot about his recruiting. Joey is a junior at Florida International and has warned Adonis to be careful and make the right choice.

"He helps me out a lot," De La Rosa said. "Joey says to go to the school that wants me and needs me. He also says to go where I will play my freshman year so I can showcase my talent."

De La Rosa definitely has plenty of talent to show on the court. He led his team to a Federations Championship last year and believes he has improved his game immensely since then.

"My game is like an old school big man," he explained. "I can score from the low post with my back to the basket. I can pass, run the floor and create for other as well. That's basically my game right there."

De La Rosa does a great job attacking defenders with his size in the paint. But he has been dropping a lot of weight in the off-season to help him expand his game even more.

"Last year I was averaging 10 points a game," he said. "I lost some more weight in the offseason and this year I came out in my first scrimmage and had 35 points and 22 rebounds.

"Losing all that weight has me running the floor better, grabbing more boards, and getting easy tip dunks because it's just a lot less weight on me. I was already a good player, but now I'm much more complete."

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