Louisiana added another 2015 hoops signee in Snow College (UT) forward/center Larenz Stalcup.
The 6-foot-11, 230-pound Stalcup earned All-SWAC/Region 18 honorable mention recognition this past season as a sophomore. He averaged 7.7 points, 6.8 rebounds (second in league) and 1.5 blocks (third in league) in 17.3 minutes per game and made 50.2 percent of his field goals for an 18-win team.
In league play the Colorado native’s numbers increased to 8.2 points, 7.5 rebounds (second in conference) and 1.6 blocks (second in league) in 24.3 minutes a game. Stalcup, who has two years left to play, is known for his length and ability to rebound and defend.
“He really doesn’t have a lot of experience, but every game he got better and better and more comfortable,” Snow College coach Robert Nielson said. “I think they’ll find that offensively he’s better than expected and if he does as expected defensively and rebounding-wise, he should be a strong addition to their team.”
According to Nielson, Stalcup signed with the Ragin’ Cajuns over Northern Colorado and Idaho. He made official visits to Louisiana and Idaho and took an unofficial trip to Northern Colorado. Two of his Snow College teammates — guards Walter Wright (Montana) and Gentrey Thomas (UC Riverside) — also signed with Division I schools.
“He’s a better shooter from 10 feet than he is from 3, but he has a really nice jump shot out to 15 feet,” Nielson said of Stalcup. “With practice he could be a pretty good pick-and-pop guy.”
Stalcup attended Doherty High School in Colorado Springs before going to nearby Wasson High School — the alma mater of former Major League pitcher Rich “Goose” Gossage — for his senior year.
As a senior Stalcup averaged 7.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.8 blocks for a Wasson team that went 25-2 and advanced to the Class 4A state tournament. The Thunderbirds won 20 straight games before falling to eventual 4A champ Lewis-Palmer in the state semifinals.
After high school Stalcup played 9.5 minutes per game (2.7 PPG, 1.7 RPG) as a freshman at Snow College before making a big jump this past season as a sophomore. His next move will be to play D-I basketball for the Cajuns.
“He needs to get a feel for their style of play and adjust to more physical play at the next level, but he has all the tools,” Nielson said. “He still has a lot of growing to do but has really only played two seasons of basketball. I think he has a chance to be a really good player.”
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