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More on De La Rosa commitment

For some reason, neither by Joey De La Rosa story -- nor our recap of FIU's 87-77 loss in North Texas, for that matter -- made its way onto our website, so here ya go ...


It might be the peak of football recruiting season, but FIU basketball was busy as well Thursday, locking down a commitment from one of the best centers in Florida.

Joey De La Rosa, a 6-foot-10 post player from Montverde Academy near Orlando, decided this week to play for the Golden Panthers, the Miami Herald has learned.

De La Rosa is a two-star recruit according to ESPN.com, which lists the Bronx native the 39th-best center nationally.

FIU coaches and staff are prohibited by the NCAA from commenting on any potential recruits until they sign a letter of intent. Basketball’s spring signing period begins April 13.

De La Rosa, who reportedly had offers from several Big East schools, including St. John’s, becomes the fourth high schooler verbally committed to enroll FIU this fall. He joins forward Darnell Harris and centers Chris Coleman and Yvan Ngirabakunzi – all of whom are 6-8 or taller.

UPDATE: Ah, found it buried.


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