A few more notes and thoughts on ex-Roosevelt High star and top-100 recruit Cody Larson joining the South Dakota State men’s basketball team:
Would Larson have joined the Jackrabbits if the post-season departure of Taevaunn Prince hadn’t opened up a scholarship? Maybe, said coach Scott Nagy. Because being a walk-on at SDSU would have been much cheaper for Larson than paying out-of-state tuition at Florida.
Then again, he had offers from plenty of other area schools.
One of the ways Larson stayed in shape during a season out of organized hoops: CrossFit. He picked up that activity in addition to lifting, running and playing pick-up games.
Still, he’s looking forward to resuming offseason team activities next week.
“I love structure,” he said, “so once we start school and workouts again and being around the time - I love the team environment and especially with my friends up there. It’ll be a really great experience.”
Once summer classes start, Larson and the Jack can begin the process of applying for an NCAA waiver in the hope that he can play immediately and for more than one year. Neither Nagy nor Larson seemed sure of what sort of outcome to expect. But a ruling should be issued in relatively short order - certainly before official team workouts start for 2013-14.
“I’ve heard of it happening for coaching changes and stuff,” Larson said. “We’ve got people who know what they’re doing.”
One recruiting service had Larson as the No. 88 recruit in America as a senior. He was ahead of Syracuse wing C.J. Fair and a few spots behind Jeremy Lamb, a current NBA player.
You’ve probably heard of the top four in that class: Harrison Barnes, Kyrie Irving, Jared Sullinger and Brandon Knight. Here’s the full list.
There’s no telling how this story will end. But Larson caught me off guard with several comments during our maybe 20-minute conversation Tuesday. There was no talk of having a chip on his shoulder or being an all-league player or changing the program. Instead, he came across as humble and introspective. If that approach holds, he’ll do fine - regardless of basketball.
Larson also made a couple of jokes, cracking that his sister, Wagner, a volleyball player at SDSU, turned down an invitation to be his roommate. He also acknowledged that younger sister and current Roosevelt hoops and volleyball standout, Tagyn, has a scholarship offer from the Jacks.
“She’s the athlete of the family,” he said.
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