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Athlete of the Week: Tyler Desrosiers

For Agawam boys’ basketball, the past few seasons have seen many triumphs to go along with a few bumpy roads. Thus far into the new campaign, there is a new sense of confidence ringing through the program and it all starts with perhaps Western Mass’ most lethal offensive weapon, Tyler Desrosiers.

“This is the only sport I actually continued to play through elementary school all the way up to high school because I just love the game,” Desrosiers said, “There’s no explanation for it. I just loved it and never got tired of it.”
While the game plan often revolves around the four-year varsity talent and Western Mass’ third-leading scorer, he knows that the success of the team is not contingent on his box score.

“I don’t really tend to think about crediting myself with all that. I like to just go out there and play and do what I can do and do what I can to help myself out and help my teammates to get as far as we can,” Desrosiers said,” I know I’m pretty good and I help out the team a lot so I do what I can without being very cocky about it to get whatever we need done.”

Head coach Dave Federico has seen Desrosiers develop from a young and inexperienced freshman to one of the more prominent players in the state over the past four years. The evolution of his game has helped in bringing the positive vibes for the Brownies.

“It makes your job a lot easier when you have a kid that it doesn’t matter what he can do to help the team,” Federico said, “He finds some way to get the job done no matter what it takes.”

“He puts me in different situations to see where I can play and I’ve been able to show him through all four years that I could play every position that he wants me to,” Desrosiers said, “Wherever he puts me, I have no doubt going in to be able to stop or score on whoever who is guarding me or who I’m guarding.”

Now the attention turns to putting the rest of the conference on watch, something the swingman believes his team can do.
“I think most of the kids do look through me especially being on [varsity] for four years,” Desrosiers said, “The kids know I’ve been through the hard times, the good times so I just need to stay positive through everything and help everyone else out.”

With a catalyst like Desrosiers leading the charge, there is no reason to believe you will not be hearing about the Brownies come March.