Holy Cross Forward Makes A Decision

A decision by a player from Holy Cross High School in Flushing, New York ...

Manhattan secured some frontcourt help this week out of the senior class when 6-foot-9, 195 pound Laurence Jolicoeur from Holy Cross High School in Flushing, New York, decided to stay close to home to continue his playing career. New coach Barry Rohrssen swooped in late to get this one done, prying the lithe power forward away from a number of other low and mid-major programs.

"Manhattan got involved late," said Jolicoeur. "I made the commitment on Tuesday. (Rohrssen) liked my size and the way that I can run the floor."

Jolicoeur also considered Fairfield, Boston University, and North Florida, whom he visited officially. He picked up late interest from George Washington and Bucknell.

The lure of early playing time helped sway Jolicoeur, among other factors.

"It was close to home," said Jolicoeur. "And I'll have an opportunity to play right away. (Rohrssen) hasn't spoken to me about what my role will be yet. But there will be plenty of opportunities for playing time."

Laurence is very comfortable playing in the high post, and is capable shooter to mid-range. Recently, his shooting range has crept out to the arc. He realizes that he'll have to work on his physical strength for the next level.

"Really, getting stronger is the main thing I'll have to work on," said Jolicoeur. "That's about it."

Jolicoeur averaged 11.7 points as a senior for Coach Paul Gilvary and the Knights, out of the CHSAA AA Division. He turned in a couple of strong late season performances against St. Raymond's and Archbishop Molloy.

Rohrssen was successful in attracting a number of CHSAA prospects to Pittsburgh during his stay, including Chris Taft, Ronald Ramon, and Levance Fields. Expect that trend to continue in Riverdale.

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