Friars finally get a big man - more on the way?
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Finally, a big man.
But there’s a catch…the Friars must wait a year before seeing him play in the black and white.
Multiple sources are reporting Tuesday that 7-0, 240 pound Wake Forest transfer Carson Desrosiers, who attended Central Catholic High School in Lawrence, MA and led them to two state titles, has decided to transfer to Providence to play for the Friars. Desrosiers must sit out next season as a result of his transfer, and will be eligible to play for PC in the 2013-14 season with two years of eligibility remaining.
Desrosiers was considered the top high school recruit out of New Hampshire a couple of years ago (hometown is Windham, NH) but decided to transfer from Wake Forest after the completion of this past season. He played in all 31 games for the Demon Deacons, starting 16, and averaged 4.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game (4th in the ACC in blocks per game). As a freshman, Desrosiers averaged 4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game, starting 22 of the 31 games he played. Of note, Desrosiers is the only 7-foot player in the history of Wake Forest basketball to hit multiple 3-point shots in the same game.
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.”
Desrosiers becomes the second transfer “big” to be pulled in by Providence, joining 6-9 Arizona transfer Sidiki Johnson, who joined the team at the end of last season. Johnson should be eligible for the second semester next season, at the latest.
While the addition of Desrosiers – who was recruited out of high school by Keno Davis’ staff at Providence – will be welcome, it doesn’t yet address the need for inside help next season. GoLocalProv.com has confirmed that 7-0, 230 pound Serbian center Sergej Vucetic has been on campus visiting with Ed Cooley and his staff the past two days, and completed his visit with the Friar program Tuesday. Vucetic played prep school ball in Michigan, and if he decides on PC, he would be eligible this fall.