STORRS - Terry Larrierâ€™s tenure as a UConn basketball player has been anything but standard. So why should the ending be any different?
Larrierâ€™s Husky career will be ending soon, earlier than some expected. He confirmed Tuesday that will turn pro following this season, despite having one year of eligibility remaining.
â€śIâ€™m going to continue to pursue basketball and see where it takes me,â€ť said Larrier, who expects to complete the requirements for his undergraduate degree this spring.
Asked if that might mean transferring to another school as a graduate student, Larrier said no.
â€śDefinitely pro,â€ť he said.
Larrier played the final home game of his career Wednesday night against Temple and was one of five players honored prior to tip-off. David Onuorah, Antwoine Anderson, Mike Noyes and Christian Foxen, seniors and graduate students on the team who have exhausted their eligibility, were also feted.
The 6-foot-8 Larrier came to UConn as a transfer from VCU and was forced to sit out the 2015-16 season. He then injured his knee early in the 2016-17 season, forcing him to miss all but four of the Huskiesâ€™ games.
He returned healthy at the start of this season and has averaged 13.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in 26 games.
â€śItâ€™s definitely been interesting. Not how I planned it to go, but things happen,â€ť Larrier said. â€śBut my time here has been great. Itâ€™s been fun.â€ť
Things might have been different if Larrier hadnâ€™t been so unlucky with injuries. He was hampered by a facial fracture this season, an injury that has forced him to play with a protective mask for the last month.
â€śI donâ€™t think about it too much. Things just happen. You just have to live with it and keep going. Iâ€™m just glad that Iâ€™m able to play now,â€ť Larrier said.
The Huskies will finish the regular season Sunday in Houston. Theyâ€™ll then play at least one game in next weekâ€™s AAC tournament. UConn is guaranteed to have a losing record in league play for the first time under Ollie.
â€śHopefully we can make a run in the tournament and we can continue to play in March,â€ť Larrier said.
Larrier is not projected by any expert to be selected in this yearâ€™s NBA Draft. But that wonâ€™t necessarily keep him from being a professional, his coach insists.
â€śItâ€™s a simple formula. You just work your butt off,â€ť Ollie said. â€śGood opportunities usually tend to open up when people work very hard.â€ť
Itâ€™s a formula Ollie followed himself to the NBA, so heâ€™s offering Larrier the same advice.
â€śHopefully he gets a great opportunity, where a team takes a shot at him, and makes the (best) of that opportunity,â€ť Ollie said.
In addition to Onuorah, Anderson, Noyes and Foxen, UConn will also recognize its head manager, Hebronâ€™s Joe Spellman, before the game.
The Huskiesâ€™ season has been far from successful but many, especially those being honored Wednesday, have faith that there is still hope for more basketball next month.
â€śItâ€™s been a fun four years and hopefully the season doesnâ€™t come to an end too soon. I mean, UConn and March, they go together,â€ť Noyes said.