Four-star recruit Carlos Rosario has signed with the Washington State Cougars, ostensibly completing the team’s 2020 recruiting class. The move was announced today by the school.
Rosario — a 6-foot-7/180-pound wing who is ranked as the No. 124 prospect in the country by 247Sports’ composite metric — committed to Kyle Smith and the Cougs a little over two weeks ago. There had been some quiet concern among some fans that perhaps he was wavering on his commitment, since his signing had not yet been announced by the school.
A big clue that Rosario had signed came yesterday in this Lewiston Tribune story by Colton Clark, in which Smith offered up his thoughts on what Rosario will bring to the program. Coaches are barred by the NCAA from speaking about prospective players until they have signed with the school.
In Clark’s story, Smith said Rosario was “too good not to take, kinda like in the NBA draft,” and that “hopefully (he’s) a Kyle Weaver-type guy, a skinny guy who just keeps getting better.”
“Carlos and Andrej (Jakimovski), they have big ceilings,” Smith said. “If they come in here and win the job, they’ll play. They know that. I always tell the returners, ‘It’s our job to bring in the best players possible, and it’s your job to beat them out.’”
Video on Rosario is limited, but here you can see a player who is a solid shooter, pretty athletic, and possesses a good frame that hopefully will eventually fill out.
“We are thrilled to add Carlos to our program,” Smith said today via news release. “His addition provides us with another player with length and athleticism on the perimeter. His ball handling and size make him unique, giving him the ability to defend and create offense. He came to the United States from the Dominican Republic to chase his dream of playing basketball at the highest level. Carlos is hungry and driven. We are thrilled that he has chosen Washington State to pursue his American Dream.”
Rosario is part of a six-man freshman class that ranks 31st nationally via 247Sports.com, and it includes Jakimovski, a four-star wing from North Macedonia ranked just outside the top 100. Rosario’s signing puts the Cougars at 14 committed scholarships for next season, which is one above the allowable amount, but a source told CougCenter that it’s believed that the Cougars would receive a waiver from the NCAA to offer an extra scholarship if CJ Elleby withdraws from the NBA Draft. He has until August 3 to make his decision.