Monday, September 10, 2012

Desrosiers Ready for Fresh Start at Providence

Carson Desrosiers (Windham, NH) is one of the top basketball players to ever come out of New Hampshire. He was a top 50 national recruit as a senior at Central Catholic, where he led the Red Raiders to a Massachusetts Division I state title as a junior. For the past 2 seasons he has played for Wake Forest, but during the spring the 7-foot big man decided to transfer to Providence College and play the rest of his college career in the Big East.

Desrosiers was in attendance at last month's Scott Hazelton Basketball Camp. During the camp's scrimmage action he was out there knocking down threes, blocking shots and slamming down dunks in transition while competing with and against the likes of Hazelton (Connecticut and Rhode Island), Evan Smotczr (Michigan and Maryland) and Goodluck Okonoboh (nationally ranked recruit). In between scrimmages, the NH Notebook had a chance to catch up with Desrosiers.

"I've been at Providence all summer" explained Desrosiers. "I've been working out and taking summer classes."

During the past 2 seasons at Wake Forest, Desrosiers averaged 4 points and 4 rebounds per game, while playing 20 minutes per contest for the Demon Deacons. However the team did struggle, as they went just 21-42 during those 2 seasons.

They were the first 2 seasons for new head coach Jeff Bzdelik, who was hired as coach at Wake Forest during the summer before Desrosier's freshman year. Bzdelik replaced previous head coach Dino Gaudio. Gaudio was the coach who recruited Desrosiers and it wasn't until after Desrosiers committed to Wake that Gaudio was fired.

"Coach Bzdelik was okay, but he just didn't recruit me" said Desrosiers.

Desrosiers wasn't the only Wake Forest player to transfer over the off-season, as guards Anthony Fields and Tony Chennault also left the program.

While players are leaving Wake Forest left and right, the opposite is happening at Providence. Their head coach Ed Cooley enters his second season at the helm, and in addition to landing Desrosiers he also has two of the top freshmen in not only New England but the entire country coming in - Ricky Ledo and Kris Dunn.

"I really like the new coaching staff at Providence" said Desrosiers. "If they were there all along I would have probably gone there from the beginning."

Desrosiers is a gifted athlete who can shoot, handle the basketball and run the floor exceptionally well for a kid his size. With his ability to face up from the perimeter and hit shots, it draws the opponent's big man away from the basket which opens up driving lanes. Desrosiers is also a very good shot blocker, especially when coming over from the weak side.

Due to NCAA regulations though, he will have to sit out the 2012-2013 season. Desrosiers will then have 2 more years of eligibility after that, and will look to help get Providence up there as one of the top teams in the Big East.

"It will be tough sitting out this year" said Desrosiers. "But it will be better for me in the long run."

It's not very often that kids from NH go on to play basketball at such a high level in college. We wish Carson the best of luck at Providence.


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