Cody Larson Draws Two Big 12 Offers

Cody Larson, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound sophomore forward from Sioux Falls (SD) Roosevelt, is considered one of the top players in the Midwest in the Class of 2010. Larson recently picked up two Big 12 scholarship offers, according to Paul Seville of the Dakota Schoolers AAU program. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Seville to learn the latest and find out where Minnesota stands in Larson's recruitment.

Cody Larson averaged 10.0 points and 7.2 rebounds per game this season as the Roughriders finished 18-7 and sixth place in the South Dakota Class AA State Tournament. He finished with 11 points and eight rebounds in their 56-48 loss to Yankton as Minnesota signee Colton Iverson scored 27 points and grabbed 20 rebounds in the win.

Paul Seville said that Larson picked up scholarship offers from Nebraska and Baylor. He had previously received offers from South Dakota State, Colorado State and New Mexico.

Several other schools are close to adding their name to that list.

"Texas is on the fringe of offering. Head coach Rick Barnes wants to see him," said Larson's AAU coach, Paul Seville.

Larson attended the Minnesota-Wisconsin basketball game in February. The Badgers have former Roosevelt product Joel Krabbenhoft on their roster and Larson is hearing from both schools.

"Minnesota has been lukewarm. Tubby's never seen him play," Seville said. "Ron Jirsa has seen him a couple of times, but South Dakota baksetball is typically low-scoring, so it is tough to watch at times."

Seville feels that Larson has shown considerable improvement since the end of the season. The Dakota Schoolers won their own tournament and Larson played well in the Sabes Foundation Tournament earlier this month.

"He's a different player than he was two months ago," Seville said.

Larson has played with the Dakota Schooler 17-and-under for the past few years, meaning that he has played against much older competition. This means that he does not stand out as much as he would if he played kids his age. That, along with playing in a smaller state like South Dakota, has hurt his national ranking, according to Seville.

"If he played on a team like the Illinois Warriors, he would be higher on most rankings. He is the best player we have had since Mike Miller (now with the Memphis Grizzlies). I hear from Texas three or four times a week. Kansas called one or twice a week. Florida and Duke. Nebraska calls all the time. Wait until teams see him in July. It's a no-brainer," he said.

"He can put it on the floor and get by guys. He is an intelligent kid. He'll sign with somebody and teams we'll be kicking themselves for not recruiting him."

Larson and AAU teammate Mike Felt have been invited to the Basketball Academy, to be held at Benedictine College in Atchison, KS, July 5-8.

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