Larrier drawing attention

This season, college coaches have been flocking to see Brian Shanahan's team at The Phelps School (PA). The main attraction is 6'8 junior wing Terry Larrier, a New York native who is in his first year at Phelps. Hawk Hill Hardwood spoke with Shanahan about his talented newcomer.

Terry Larrier put together a strong summer, grabbing the attention of a number of mid-major programs. This fall and winter, his game and recruitment has continued to skyrocket. Brian Shanahan, the head coach at Phelps, spoke about Terry's game, upside, and recruitment.

So far, in what is still a relatively young season, the 6'8 180-pound swingman is averaging 17.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game for Coach Shanahan.

"Terry has tremendous upside as a 6'8 wing forward in college," Shanahan began. He went on, describing Larrier as a "really athletic, long wing who can shoot it and has the ability to elevate in traffic."

In only his first year at The Phelps School after moving down from New York, Larrier is actually young for his grade, something that Coach Shanahan expanded upon. "As a young player for his class (2014), he still has to mature, but the glimpses are there of a player who could be pretty special when he can put it all together."

Upon first glance at Larrier, two things are immediately apparent: his incredible length and his slight frame. Coach Shanahan spoke on both topics. " Terry's length and athleticism are his greatest strengths," Shanahan explained. "His greatest weakness is his strength and being able to deal with the physicality of the game. But that will become easier for him as he matures physically. He is still all arms and legs."

Those arms and legs have certainly caught the attention of a handful of schools, as Terry has quickly become one of the most buzzed-about juniors in the Philadelphia area. While uncertain on offers, Shanahan did provide Hawk Hill Hardwood with a list of schools that have "been in the gym more than once in the fall to see him." The list that Shanahan provided was "St. Joe's, VCU, Temple, Drexel, Oklahoma, George Mason, Penn State, Iona, and Dayton."

College coaches are interested in the big, long, and athletic wing due to that upside. The Phelps School had one of their more impressive wins of the season in mid-December when they traveled down to Delaware to play St. Andrew's School. St. Andrew's, coached by former Saint Joseph's Hawk Terrell Myers, has as dynamic tandem in juniors Ben Bentil and Austin Tilghman. Phelps went into St. Andrew's and stole a 62-59 win, getting 16 points in that one from Terry Larrier.

From under-the-radar heading into last summer to firmly on the radar of countless college programs, New York native Terry Larrier has seen his game improve and stock skyrocket over recent months. As his potential continues to transform into production, look for the number of colleges walking through the doors of the gym at The Phelps School to continue to increase.

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