Larson leaves the team

Florida forward/center Cody Larson has decided to leave the Florida basketball team. Head coach Billy Donovan said at media day in mid-October that Larson would be playing without a scholarship this year because of off the court issues, but the redshirt sophomore has instead decided to leave the team.

"After a lot of careful thought, I have decided that I need to place my focus on my personal life and my academics," Larson said. "I really appreciate Coach Donovan and the whole staff here at Florida for the support they have given me, and that made this decision even harder."

The redshirt sophomore was expected to provide depth in the frontcourt this season behind Patric Young, Erik Murphy, Will Yeguete and Casey Prather.

"I know this was a difficult decision for Cody," Donovan said. "He has made great strides in his personal growth, and I'm very proud of him for that. All of us here wish him the best as he moves on from our team."

Donovan said at media day on October 10 that Cody Larson was no longer on scholarship. Larson thought about leaving the team then but decided to stay and play without a scholarship. Donovan said his inability to handle responsibilities off the court was the reason for the decision.

"Everyone's scholarship is very valuable, and you want guys to have a responsibility to take care of things they need to take care of," Donovan said at media day. "For Cody, those things were not happening."

Larson played in 25 games off the bench last season, averaging 0.5 points and 0.8 rebounds per game. He scored 12 total points while going 5-11 from the field and 2-5 from the free throw line. He added two blocked shots and one assist.

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