Henry Caruso to Santa Clara

Updated on March 1, 2017 in Recruiting News
14 on February 28, 2017

I posted this in the post mortem thread but figured I would start a new thread. Not sure if this is public knowledge yet or not but we have a first team all-Ivy player from Princeton transferring in for his grad year next year. Henry Caruso. He hurt his toe at the start of this season and sat for the year. Last year, he averaged 15 ppg and 6 rpg. Princeton is undefeated in the Ivy this year so they are clearly a talented team. He should really help us out next season after losing Jared. I have heard this straight from the horse’s mouth. He has committed.

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2 on February 28, 2017

This is great news, hopefully he can comeback on emulate his performance but on the west coast. 

To make this happen we will need a transfer, correct? 

on February 28, 2017

Henry Caruso:

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=henry+caruso

on February 28, 2017

Yeah. One more will have to leave the current roster.

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Guy looks great from that video clip.

Excellent news. What graduate program? Glad we have some decent programs to academic-minded guys in.

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Jr year stats and clip look great. Guess he didn’t come back after injury in senior year to save eligibility. Wonder if one more X-fer is getting too greedy, but this is good news.

 

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Lots of good chatter on the regular season post-mortem.  IMO the coaches believed that a 20 win season was possible before KJ went down.  After that, 18 was doable.  At 16 wins it’s OK but the coaches will be determined to revamp the roster  – sooner than later.  Whether it’s Caruso or not, expect several other changes that open up spots for Xfers who can/will make an impact.  it will be an interesting spring….

 

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I’m all for it!!!!

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Henry’s dad went to Santa Clara and so it made sense that he would want to come home for his grad year. He went to high school at Serra so big time ups to Herb for pouncing on the opportunity. This is 100% happening. I’ve spoken with multiple people in the athletic department who are in the know in addition to three family friends of the Carusos.

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Henry’s dad went to Santa Clara so it makes perfect sense that he would want to come home for his grad year. He went to high school at Serra so big time ups to Herb for pouncing on the opportunity. This is 100% happening. I’ve spoken with multiple people in the athletic department who are in the know in addition to three family friends of the Carusos.

on February 28, 2017

love the insights Lucky, thanks for sharing and doing the leg work!

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Does he have a position in WCC? 6-4, 190 looks like maybe like a stretch 4 in the Ivy? Good rebounding for his size (not necessarily for the position, but for his size at it), but again, it’s against a bunch of non-scholarships. 

His minutes were getting cut this year before his injury. 

Useful bodies are needed and a 1 year guy won’t hurt recruiting going forward unless there are JUCOs or other transfers in the pipeline, but not sure this is going to be a big impact add. Maybe 10-15 mpg off the bench at 3? If he plays much more that’s probably not a great thing assuming Pugh is healthy. Shaq Walters hopefully will be a factor there too, and we know from Kratch’s occasional struggles that 6-4 is unlikely to be big enough to play significantly at the 4 in the WCC.

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I see Caruso as a 3; shot it well including from beyond the arc as a junior. Without a clear replacement for Kratch, maybe both Curuso and Pugh start w/ Pugh as the 4. Pugh played the 4 a lot this year anyhow w/ Kratch sliding to the 5; and Pugh almost exclusively played the 4 as a Frosh/Soph. No question Pugh is undersized as a 4 but he makes up for it a bit w/ good athleticism and rebounds well. Plus Caruso helps your rebounding from the 3 compared to Brownridge (or whatever guard you choose out of our current 3 guard lineup).
And there’s value to bringing in a legacy kid, good to build hoops program loyalty and engagement w/ alumni/legacy families, can pay dividends (literally and figuratively) down the road.

on March 1, 2017

At the 3 off the bench…  So who would be the starters in that scenario?  I see KJ, Hauser and Pugh as starters next year….  Probably E if he returns….  But who fills that other spot? and if E does not return… Then what?

Oh, I guess I’m forgetting Hank huh….  Because I just can’t see Wardlow there.  Possibly Healey, but that’s a far stretch as well.

Would it be 1 of the recruits…..  

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That’s what I see too, a bench 3, maybe not a particularly quick one though. Might struggle against quicker opponents, which is why i don’t see him as a starter.

That’s a pretty crowded spot. Pugh, Healy, new guy, freshman Walters, maybe freshman Turner depending on who is better. It seems like there should be enough big bodies to play the 4 and 5 that Pugh shouldn’t be needed there that much unless that’s a look SCU specifically wants to give someone. 

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