School: Cary Academy
Travel Team: WCBA
Freshman Season: 7.2 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 1.2 SPG, 49% FG, 33% 3FG, 69% FT
What Was Recently Said: After hearing consistent buzz from cohorts about WCBA, it was time to get a closer look at them with the full team in attendance. Everything being stated was true, specifically in regards to Aidan Rousseau–who stood out as a legitimate prospect and someone who should be warranting more attention throughout the state. Though somewhat unassuming at first glance, Rousseau is a real matchup problem for opponents. Sure, he stands at 6-foot-6 with great length and fluidity but it's his IQ and impressive skillset that leaves spectators (and opponents) in awe. Whether from the block or high post, he's a sharp passer and polished scorer. Rousseau can score with either hand, work the two-man game as a screener, and apply shooting pressure from midrange or beyond the arc. He also rebounds at a high rate and alters/blocks shots well defensively.
What To Expect:
Few rising sophomores feel more likely to enjoy a breakout season than Rousseau, who was nothing short of impressive every time he took the court with WBCA over these last few months. His freshman year averages are actually quite impressive, especially upon accounting for the numerous veteran, college-level players he played beside. After a few departures, Rousseau seems even more likely to be a focal point (and see an uptick in production) with this new-look Cary Academy roster. Either way, the smart, skilled 6-foot-6 forward should turn a lot of heads this season. He's a polished post scorer with touch, footwork, toughness, and a deep arsenal of finishing moves. However, Rousseau is more than comfortable at spacing the floor, operating in the midrange, or attacking opponents off the bounce. He's a quality passer with an understanding of how to properly set up others, especially from the block. Rousseau is a solid all-around athlete and displays great instincts as a defender and rebounder. He's the type of player who should only trend upward over the coming years, so coaches would be wise to start monitoring now.