- Adam Finkelstein
Adonis Delarosa is a work in progress on the basketball court. He readily admits that fact and his current recruitment reflects it as well.
Last year, the 6-foot-10 center was tipping the scales at over 300 pounds. But now in his second year at Christ the King (Middle Village, N.Y.), the junior big man has dropped down to 270 thanks to improvements in conditioning. Interest in him as a recruit has grown as a result.
“From last year to this year I’ve lost 30 pounds,” he said. “I started eating well and working out more.”
Despite the early results, Delarosa knows there is still more work to be done as he continues to shed unnecessary bulk and improve his stamina.
“I just want to keep going [losing weight] until I can play the whole game without having to be subbed out.”
At this moment, Delarosa holds just one scholarship offer from Drexel, but he’s hearing from a host of high-major programs that are all closely monitoring his progress.
“I’ve been hearing from a lot of people including Notre Dame, Kansas State, Kansas, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Memphis, Stanford, Georgetown, St. John’s, Michigan State, Miami and Missouri,” he said earlier this week.
“Georgetown and Pitt are probably the ones I’m hearing from the most.”
With Chris the King, Delarosa’s biggest contributions often ends up being on the defensive end and on the glass. But at the collegiate level, he projects as a player who could provide a legitimate low-post scoring threat.
“They want me to score here, but sometimes the other team sends three guys at me so I have to become more of a facilitator,” he said. “I’ll do whatever it takes to win.”
The ability to pass the ball from the inside is just one of many natural skills Delarosa possesses. He’s got soft hands and a good touch around the basket, and obviously a wide frame to carve out deep post position. Delarosa also has the requisite footwork to maximize his size and strength.
Given that wealth of tools, if Delarosa can continue to improve his conditioning, it’s a good bet he won’t be stuck at one scholarship offer for too much longer.