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Tracking the College Basketball Stars of the Future

Hoops Recruiting Report
Sunday, March 6, 2004

By Thad Mumau

Transition muddies picture on Florida target


Carlos Monroe really likes East Carolina, but it remains to be seen if the main reason is his association with Bill Herrion and the defunct Pirates’ coaching staff.

That, of course, will be a factor in the Bucs’ basketball recruiting as it relates to the class of 2005.

Herrion, who has been forced out under pressure from ECU athletic director Terry Holland, wound up his tenure as coach of the Pirates with a Saturday night loss at Tulane.

Up until the story broke about Herrion’s impending departure, Monroe was considered a strong candidate to wear purple and gold next season. And he still might do that.

“I really don’t know what effect the coaching change at East Carolina will have on Carlos’ decision,” said Drew Gascon, an assistant coach at Cape Coral (FL) High School, where Monroe is a senior. “He hasn’t said much about it.

“I do know that he has been really high on East Carolina. That’s where he was leaning. After what has happened, though, I don’t know what he is thinking.”

Monroe, a 6-7, 235-pound power forward, has had other things on his mind this season. He missed Cape Coral’s first 13 games because of academic problems. And he hasn’t displayed a lot of motivation in some of the 13 games in which he has played.

He is averaging 20 points, 13.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and two blocked shots per game for Cape Coral, which meets St. Petersburg Boca Ciega in the 5-A regional semifinals.

Monroe threw in 22 points and pulled down 17 rebounds vs. Port Charlotte in the first round of the state playoffs. He grabbed 19 boards against Miami Palmetto in January.

“Carlos has been very consistent,” Gascon said. “He hasn’t had 30 points in a game this year, but he’s always around 20, and he always gets a dozen to 15 rebounds.

“He has good low post moves. The best one is a drop step to the basket. That’s his signature move, a real power play. He’s a power-type player. He has a nice touch around the basket, and he goes out and hits an occasional three-pointer.

“But he isn’t going to play on the wing; he’s a four. His mid-range game is not bad for a guy his size; he shoots it pretty well up to 15 feet. He likes to pass the ball, and he’s one of our better passers. He recognizes double-teams and finds open teammates. He has had games where he got five or six assists.

“Teams have been zoning us a lot,” Gascon said, “and Carlos’ opportunities inside are very limited. There are two and three people around him all the time. He can put the ball on the floor and go past most people his size. If he gets the ball on the perimeter, he goes right to the hoop.

“He is as quick as anybody his size that we have played. And he runs the floor well … at times. He gets up and down the court pretty well most of the time.

“Just like he plays good defense at times. It depends on if he wants to or not. If he is motivated, he is an outstanding all-around player. He’s not always motivated.”

Other schools showing interest in Monroe include Virginia Tech, East Tennessee State, Tulane, LaSalle and Marshall.

East Carolina’s lone November addition was 6-8 power forward Dwight Burke of Newark (NJ) St. Benedict Prep.

Looking to bulk up inside, the Pirates have been courting still another power forward, 6-6 ½ David Neal of Arlington (VA) Bishop O’Connell. Georgetown, George Washington, St. Bonaventure, Princeton, American and St. Louis are also in the picture.

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