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November 9, 2013

College Basketball: Three area greats ready to make names for themselves

Three area greats primed to capture nation's attention

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And FYI Friar fans, if you thought the Incredible Hulk was good, Carson’s Abe Lincoln costume in high school was much better!

But back to hoops. Desrosiers came off the bench and contributed 22 workmanlike minutes in an 82-78 nationally-televised, season-opening overtime win against visiting Boston College on Friday. The 7-foot junior from Windham and Central Catholic scored seven points (2-2 shooting, 3-4 on free throws), grabbed five rebounds, blocked two shots had a steal and an assist and didn’t turn the ball over.

It was his first game action since leaving Wake Forest after the 2011-12 season.

“I did the math, it’s 20 months,” said Desrosiers last week. “It’s finally here.”

In that 20 months, the goal was to progress not regress. The lean big man needed to look a bit more like Lou Ferrigno.

“I was in the weight room four days a week,” he said. “It was very productive. Mentally it’s a lot different. I just turned 22 (Oct. 25). It’s coming easier for me.”

Entering college he said he could barely bench press 135 pounds. Now he’s doing 225 pounds.

He’s worked hard on his jump hook, which could pay big dividends.

His understated game is winning people over.

Friarbasketball.com wrote, “On defense he’s going to be a better rim protector than anyone PC has had in the past few years. Those fans who have had their doubts about Desrosiers are going to be pleasantly surprised.”

PC head coach Ed Cooley told Peter Gobis of the Sun Chronicle of Attleboro, “Sitting out last year helped him learn how to be a lot more physical, how to play against smaller players. ... I’m expecting Carson to have a good year. We’ll let him shoot it. I like versatile guys, that’s why he’s here.”

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