Wichita State assistant coach Donnie Jones recruited shot-blockers Hassan Whiteside (Marshall) and Tacko Fall (Central Florida) during his previous stops.
Boston’s Dimon Carrigan seems to fit into that line.
Carrigan, a 6-foot-9, 215-pound center, lists Wichita State in his pool of eight schools he is considering. He played this summer for Boston Amateur Basketball Club, which won the 19-under AAU title at Disney's Wide World of Sports near Orlando in July.
Carrigan’s strong summer turned him into a popular recruit. He will take a post-graduate year at Woodstock (Conn.) Academy after his senior season at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High. Carrigan decided last year that he needed to get stronger, leading him to choose prep school.
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In March, Carrigan scored 21 points and blocked eight shots to help Rindge and Latin to its second straight Massachusetts Division 1 title.
“He’s a classic late-bloomer,” said BABC coach Leo Papile. “He was a borderline JV player as a 10th grader. The best is yet to come with him.”
Rivals.com ranks him No. 145 in the class of 2018.
Papile said he has known Jones for a long time. WSU started recruiting Carrigan in April and that may help when Carrigan decides which schools to visit. He will likely wait until September to set up visits.
“They’ve given him the full (coaching) staff service,” Papile said. “They got on him early. He’s not in a rush. He wants to go through the process and get a good feel for schools.”
BABC produced prominent shot-blockers Patrick Ewing (who also attended Rindge and Latin) and Nerlens Noel and Papile mentions them as role models on defense for Carrigan. Papile said Carrigan’s 7-foot-3 wingspan helps.
“He makes full use of it,” he said. “He reads the action. He’s got great timing.”
Carrigan, Papile said, scores on jump hooks and dunks and can make mid-range jump shots. He can catch passes, which is a sometimes overlooked asset for big men.
“If you have good hands in the post, you can have a career,” Papile said.
Carrigan is also considering Connecticut, Houston, Syracuse, Texas, Georgia Tech, Miami and Clemson.