Adonis Delarosa is more than just the biggest player in New York City. The Christ the King rising senior is also one of the city’s best players.
The 6-foot-10, 250-pound forward has worked to trim down over the last two summers and the dividends have been proven on the court.
Delarosa, whose brother Joey plays at Florida International University, worked with Christ the King assistant coach Mark McCarroll, a former CK and Pittsburgh standout forward, on his footwork and post skills.
One of his best games came in one of the Royals biggest of the season when Delarosa had 14 points and 15 rebounds in the CHSAA Class AA intersectional final against Bishop Loughlin. That came after he had a double-double in a 65-59 victory over Cardinal Hayes in the semifinals.
The rising senior with soft hands has an understanding of his role, unlike many other big men who try to play like guards. The fact he plays within himself has made him a valuable commodity with Division I coaches.
Delarosa has offers from Florida State and Drexel, as well as interest from Georgetown, Hofstra, Notre Dame, Providence and SMU.
A soft-spoken player in his first three years at Christ the King, Delarosa is also transforming himself into a vocal leader this year.
“He has continued to get his body in shape,” Christ the King coach Joe Arbitello said. “And he is becoming the vocal leader we need him to be.”