The AAU circuit has a lot of benefits for recruits. It gives them exposure, a chance to play against top level competition and in front of college coaches. One such example of a prospect taking advantage of those opportunities is 2018 center/power forward Dimon Carrigan, who plays for BABC on the Nike EYBL circuit.
Carrigan leads the EYBL in blocks at 3.4 per game through 12 games. It is his strong defensive performances, length, athleticism and tremendous upside that has led to receiving interest from high major programs, including Syracuse.
"They hit me up two or three times per week," Carrigan said. "We mainly just talk to get to know each other better as people and build a relationship. They think because of the way I block shots, I would fit in the zone."
Assistant Gerry McNamara is the Orange's lead recruiter for Carrigan, and has watched him play during the spring evaluation period. Carrigan describes his strengths as rebounding and shot blocking, both of which were on display with McNamara in attendance. Even with two desirable assets in his arsenal, Carrigan is not resting on his current skill set.
"The thing I work on is a more consistent mid-range game," he said, "so I would be able to help spread the floor."
In addition to interest from Syracuse, Carrigan holds offers from DePaul, Houston, UMass, South Florida and Towson. He also is receiving interest from UConn, Miami and Rutgers.
The 6-foot-9 center says he is looking at taking visits after the final session of the EYBL. One of the trips he is planning to take is to Syracuse.
"I'm looking for the way transportation works," Carrigan said. "The actual campus view and really getting to know the staff."
Carrigan added he does not have set criteria for what he is looking for in a potential landing spot. He wants to find the place where he feels the most at home.
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