Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Rosinski Accepts Offer to Play Hoops at UNH

The UNH men's basketball team had their best season in years in 2014-2015, going 19-13 overall and advancing to the America East semi-finals. However in 10 seasons with Bill Herrion as head coach, the program hasn't brought in one scholarship player who was a local kid from NH - until now.

Luke Rosinski (Derry, NH), a 6-foot-7 forward committed to the University of New Hampshire on Wednesday. The former Pinkerton Academy standout will return to Kimball Union Academy in the fall for his senior year and then play for Coach Herrion and the Wildcats in 2016.

"It's an honor" Rosinski told the NH Notebook. "UNH had previously been recruiting a lot in Texas, but they told me that they want to start recruiting more kids from NH. Coach Kuntz came to one of our fall scrimmages at KUA. That's when I first met with UNH. Then him and Coach Herrion came to our game vs. Tilton. They said they liked me and that they'd come to one of my AAU games. We played in the HoopGroup tournament in Pennsylvania, and that's when UNH offered me."

From there things fell into place with Rosinski and the Wildcats, and as a result he is D-I bound.

"They invited me to come on an unofficial visit. I liked the way Coach Herrion and his staff coached. I also attended one of their games last year, and they defeated BU. Then I checked to make sure they had my major (Sports Management with minor in Business Administration). I talked it over with my family and with TJ (his AAU coach TJ Thompson) and decided it was the right decision for me."

Rosinski has really developed an all-around post player over the past few years. He has refined his footwork and post moves, really attacks above the rim and can step out and knock down the three ball. He is part of a very talented DC Blue Devils AAU team, which is coached by TJ Thompson and also includes Geo Baker (Derry, NH) and Caleb Green (Londonderry, NH), both from the Class of 2017 who have received D-I offers as well.

"It's really amazing to be a part of it, with NH kids on the team and myself, Geo and Caleb getting offers" said Rosinski. "It all started after 8th grade when TJ asked me to be a part of his team. I want to thank him, for always being there to help me improve and work out with me at the SportsZone. I also want to thank my family for helping to put me in this position. Coach Olson at KUA also helped me improve my game."

Hard work has certainly paid off for Rosinski. Not only that, but but by staying local his father Peter Rosinski (head boys basketball coach for Pinkerton) will be able to see him play more.

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