UConn men's basketball player Larrier opts to go pro following season

Published on Wednesday, 28 February 2018 17:15
Written by NEILL OSTROUT

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STORRS - Terry Larrier’s tenure as a UConn basketball player has been anything but standard. So why should the ending be any different?

Larrier’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.

“I’m going to continue to pursue basketball and see where it takes me,” 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.

“Definitely pro,” 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 Huskies’ games.

He returned healthy at the start of this season and has averaged 13.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in 26 games.

“It’s definitely been interesting. Not how I planned it to go, but things happen,” Larrier said. “But my time here has been great. It’s been fun.”

Things might have been different if Larrier hadn’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.

“I don’t think about it too much. Things just happen. You just have to live with it and keep going. I’m just glad that I’m able to play now,” Larrier said.

The Huskies will finish the regular season Sunday in Houston. They’ll then play at least one game in next week’s AAC tournament. UConn is guaranteed to have a losing record in league play for the first time under Ollie.

“Hopefully we can make a run in the tournament and we can continue to play in March,” Larrier said.

Larrier is not projected by any expert to be selected in this year’s NBA Draft. But that won’t necessarily keep him from being a professional, his coach insists.

“It’s a simple formula. You just work your butt off,” Ollie said. “Good opportunities usually tend to open up when people work very hard.”

It’s a formula Ollie followed himself to the NBA, so he’s offering Larrier the same advice.

“Hopefully he gets a great opportunity, where a team takes a shot at him, and makes the (best) of that opportunity,” Ollie said.

In addition to Onuorah, Anderson, Noyes and Foxen, UConn will also recognize its head manager, Hebron’s Joe Spellman, before the game.

The Huskies’ 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.

“It’s been a fun four years and hopefully the season doesn’t come to an end too soon. I mean, UConn and March, they go together,” Noyes said.



Posted in New Britain Herald, UConn on Wednesday, 28 February 2018 17:15. Updated: Wednesday, 28 February 2018 17:17.