Mike Rosario Will Fit In Well At FloridaPosted by jstevrtc on April 19th, 2010
This was a done deal late last week, but rising junior Mike Rosario, recently of Rutgers, is transferring to Florida. He’ll sit out the mandatory transfer year and start his third season of basketball in the fall of 2011.
Rosario was a highly regarded high school star at the legendary St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, listed as the ninth-ranked shooting guard in the nation as a high school senior and a four-star recruit overall. That promise was definitely realized in his freshman year at Rutgers in 2008-09 as Rosario contributed 16.2 PPG and 3.5 RPG. But he really came to our attention last summer during the FIBA Under-19 World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand. Rosario averaged 24.0 PPG playing for the team from Puerto Rico, and while his team finished a respectable fifth place out of 16 teams, Rosario was one of the stars of the tournament. A game-tough, gritty guard with a knack for scoring, he displayed that knack all over the French U19 team, lighting them up for 54 points and leading PR to a come-from-behind one point victory in that game. His average of 24.0 PPG led the tournament (which was won by the USA, by the way).
Rosario will fit in well at Florida. Billy Donovan doesn’t have a quick trigger when it comes to yanking players after they take a bad shot, and Rosario occasionally can put up a questionable one. Consider, though, that Rosario was asked to carry a lot of the load in the impotent Rutgers offense last season, and his 16.7 PPG last year made him the Knights’ leading scorer, over four points higher than second place Gregory Echenique. Given a year to gain his bearings in Gainesville, practice with the likes of Kenny Boynton and Erving Walker, and learn Donovan’s way of doing things, Rosario could give Donovan one of the top backcourts in the game in 2011-12.