Desrosiers back in play?

By Brendan Hall, Globe Correspondent | April 9, 2010

The firing of Dino Gaudio as men’s basketball coach at Wake Forest has resonated loudly in Massachusetts.

With the dismissal of the Deacons coach Wednesday after three seasons in Winston-Salem, N.C., the recruitment of 6-foot-11-inch Carson Desrosiers, a senior at Central Catholic and two-time Globe All-Scholastic, could be in jeopardy. NCAA rules allow a player to be released from a National Letter of Intent only if the school permits, but in most cases a release is granted upon request.

Desrosiers, who chose the Deacons over Arizona State and Marquette when he committed last fall, can only field calls from coaches affiliated with Wake Forest.

But just in case, the phone’s ringing off the hook of Central Catholic coach Rick Nault, who said he had 32 messages from college coaches on Wednesday alone, starting as soon as the first rumors of Gaudio’s demise went public.

Desrosiers’s father, Andrew, said yesterday that his son is going to wait to see what happens. “We want to see what’s going to happen with the other recruits, what happens with the coach,’’ Andrew Desrosiers said. “The school is not going to change, the campus is not going to change, but we want to see what happens on the basketball end.’’

Desrosiers averaged 16.5 points, 13.5 rebounds, and 6.5 blocks this year for the Red Raiders, who won their second state title in three years.

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