Yesterday afternoon, multiple reports surfaced confirmed that center Carson Desrosiers would be transferring to the Providence Friars. Coming over from Wake Forest, the big man would be eligible to play for the 2013-2014 season.
Here is what was said around the web.
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Desrosiers said via Twitter earlier Tuesday “Excited to be a new member of Friartown! Go Friars.” He also told zagsblog.com via text message that he will “bring a different look at the five man than what PC has had in the past,” Desrosiers said. “I will be able to spread the floor to open up the paint as well as post up. I will be a presence in the paint defensively.”
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Desrosiers is a skilled seven footer with range beyond the three point arc and better than average ball skills for a big man. Listed at 210 pounds heading into college, Wake Forest had him at 240 this past season. Like many high school seven footers, Desrosiers was a skinny kid coming out of school, but what made him unique was a strong lower body. He’ll have to sit out the 2012-13 season due to NCAA transfer rules, which may benefit him in the long term as he’ll have a full season to work on not only his game, but his strength. He’s a good, not great, shooter and a solid passer for a player his size. The hope is that he can round into a more versatile big, one capable of being a presence on the glass with additional strength training. Put simply, Providence is happy to take a seven footer with two years of ACC experience and his skill set. He’s a face-up big man, not the traditional low post banger, who will have two years of eligibility at PC.
As the newest Providence College player at Ed Cooley’s disposal, Desrosiers automatically adds credibility to a Friar frontline that is crying out for size. In compliance with NCAA transfer rules, Desrosiers will sit out the 2012-13 season, which should hopefully allow him ample time to study and comprehend Cooley’s defensive philosophy.
As ESPN.com senior basketball recruiting analyst Dave Telep noted in an email, “Desrosiers has two things that work: size and skill. I think if he comes in and gives (the Friars) good effort on the glass he should be a starter in the frontcourt. This next opportunity will be successful if he commits to getting on the glass.”
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Perhaps more important for Providence is that Cooley has landed another local star. Dunn is a native of New London, CT, while Ledo is from Providence. Desrosiers is from Windham, NH. Given that Cooley is, himself, a local product — he’s a native of Providence — it gives some hope to Friar fans.
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The 6-foot-11 Windham, N.H. resident led Central Catholic to MIAA Division 1 state championships in 2008 and 2010, before moving on to Wake Forest. In two seasons in Winston-Salem, he averaged 4.4 points and 3.7 rebounds, with 38 starts, and totaled 112 blocks. His 52 blocks in 2010-11 were the most by a Wake freshman since Tim Duncan.
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