Posted Online: June 07, 2011, 7:20 pm
BHC's Larson joining Oregon as walk-on
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By Matt Veto, email@example.com
Chris Larson is going to try his hand -- or more specifically his height -- at the NCAA Div. I level.
The Black Hawk College basketball player from Hudson, Iowa, hopes to be on the floor for the University of Oregon Ducks this winter. His sheer length is a start toward reaching that goal. The 6-11, 215-pound post player will be the tallest member of the Oregon roster.
"I just want to help the program do as well as possible and hopefully get some playing time," Larson said. "They needed height, which is one reason I chose them.
"It's a top-notch program. The facilities are amazing and I really felt comfortable with the coaches and staff."
Larson selected Oregon from a list of three finalists that also included Troy University and Florida Gulf Coast University. He toured the Eugene, Ore., campus last week.
Black Hawk coach Darren Bizarri said he saw Larson progress over his freshman and sophomore seasons, growing from 190 pounds to 215 pounds. Bizarri said Larson will need to pack even more weight onto his frame and believes Oregon will help him do that.
"It's a great opportunity for him and he's going to have to earn his way each and every day," Bizarri said. "It's something he wants to do, and it's something that he looks forward to. Oregon has the facilities and the personnel to get him to where he needs to be to be a contributor at that level."
According to Bizarri, Larson averaged 6.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game for the 17-14 Braves.
At Oregon, Larson will play under second-year coach Dana Altman who led the Ducks to a 21-18 record overall, and a 7-11 showing in the Pac-10 -- which will become the Pac-12 this coming season. Larson will begin workouts in Oregon on June 20.
Bizarri said Larson is the fourth NCAA Div. I signee out of the BHC basketball program in four years.
-- By Matt Veto. firstname.lastname@example.org