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January 18, 2009

Desrosiers best I've ever seen in area

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The third-year head coach says Desrosiers should have quieted any skeptics.

"People always had questions, saying he's doing it against 6-2, 6-3 centers. Today, he went out against two good 6-8 kids, and how does he do? Twenty (actually 23) points, 13 rebounds ... He's the real deal."

The funny thing about the debate is that, with Hazelton, I was stubborn. I grew up in the Leo Parent era. Night in and night out, Leo dominated with not only offense, but defense and rebounding. It was special, and when Parent and his former Central teammate Bobby Licare brought home a national title at UMass Lowell ... it was almost a coronation in my mind.

Ultimately, Hazelton's athleticism, skill and savvy, along with Central's first state championship, overwhelmed my emotion.

But watching Carson from Day 1 ... when Desrosiers nailed three straight 3-pointers in his debut as a freshman ... to this most recent display, there is definitely an adjustment at the top.

Tourney tidbits

American Heritage coach Danny Harris had minimal knowledge about Central Catholic coming in. He was limited to reading about the state title last spring and other game coverage. It took him exactly 32 minutes to get a perfect read on Billy Marsden, who has made some of the biggest hoops in Central history.

"Billy's a tough guy, you can see the way he plays, he's a tough kid," said Harris. "I don't know him very well, but you can see he's a winner." ...

When Sports Illustrated ranked the top 50 high school athletic programs in the country several months ago, American Heritage checked in at No. 7. ...

Heritage, the reigning state Division 3A baseball champion, also produced power-hitting first baseman Eric Hosmer, who was chosen No. 3 overall by the Kansas City Royals in last June's Major League Baseball Draft. ...

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