LAWRENCE — From Hampshire Street to Tobacco Road.
Central Catholic's Carson Desrosiers ended the suspense yesterday, announcing that his two-year ride as a prized recruit nationally was done.
"(Tuesday) was the day," said Central's 6-foot-11, 225-pound basketball superstar. "It was just the moment I knew that Wake Forest was absolutely the place I wanted to go."
In verbally committing yesterday, Desrosiers accepted a four-year, full scholarship - valued at over $200,000 - to study at one of the nation's top academic institutions while potentially competing for a national title with one of the Atlantic Coast Conference's power programs.
Desrosiers selected Wake, which went 24-7 last year and at one point owned the nation's No. 1 ranking, over Arizona State and Marquette.
Ironically, Wake, which is in Winston-Salem, N.C., was one of the last Division 1 schools to enter the Desrosiers sweepstakes.
"Originally, I was turned off by that," said Desrosiers. "So many other schools had been in at the beginning. But as I got to learn more and more about them, I really liked what I was hearing from them."
Coach Dino Gaudio and the Demon Deacons apparently set their sights on Desrosiers out of need.
"The coaches sat down after the season and discussed their needs. They struggled shooting the basketball from the outside and were also looking for a four man (power forward)," said Desrosiers, whose unique inside-outside game - he averaged six blocks a game and hit 25 3-pointers - were a two-for-one bargain Wake couldn't pass up.
"One of the assistant coaches (Dave Wojcik) had been at Tulsa and recruited me there. He brought my name up, and I guess they liked what they saw."
Desrosiers, who is rated No. 38 in the high school class of 2010 by Scout.com, joins Nos. 43 (Travis McKie of Virginia), 75 (J.T. Terrell of North Carolina), and 88 (Melvin Tabb of North Carolina) in the Wake Forest Class of 2014.