U-M Turns Up Heat For '11 Forward Nance

A late diamond in the rough hoops prospect from the Buckeye State has started to emerge, and head man John Beilein has been keeping an eye on him. GoBlueWolverine caught up with the combo forward to gauge his feelings on the Maize and Blue.

Larry Nance Jr., a 6'7" forward for Revere High School in Richfield Ohio, has been flying completely under the radar for a 2011 prospect on the hard wood. But a strong senior showing has some eyes looking at the big man.

"Our season has been great," Nance told GoBlueWolverine. "We're 15-1 right now and leading our conference, so everything has been great. I've been really good actually. I'm averaging 18 points, 10 rebounds and close to four blocks a game."

Though the rivalry isn't nearly as heated in basketball as it is football, Nance is aware of the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry, and grew up on the Blue side of the fence.

"I've always really kind of followed Michigan," Nance admitted. "I know it's kind of weird being from Ohio and all (laughing) but I've always really just liked the school and the basketball program. They're just saying that they have a scholarship, one left, and they're definitely not going to use it unless the right situation comes along, but if I keep doing the things they want me too, I think they might feel comfortable in using that on me."

Though the Wolverines have not yet extended an offer, Nance does hold some offers from smaller programs across the country.

"I have several offers from the Mid-American and Southern conference and also the Horizon League."

Should the Maize and Blue offer Nance, they will be in a strong position, without having to play catch up.

"I wouldn't say I have favorites right now. I'm just trying to keep all my options available right now and if Michigan were to offer eventually then that would just be another fantastic option to consider."

Nance has already been in Ann Arbor once this season, and hopes to make it a few more times.

"I've already gone up there one time this year for the Penn State game and as soon as I can I want to make a few more trips up there. The atmosphere was unbelievable. The students weren't even on campus and it was still packed. I can't imagine what it's like when everyone is in session and ready to go there."

Depending on a late offer from the Wolverines or any other suitors, Nance will have his decision ready to go in a few weeks or months.

"Either way, whether other offers come, I'm going to make my decision come the spring time."

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