Indiana pursuing former Iowa recruit Cody Larson

  • 04/12/2010 10:03 pm in

Indiana’s pursuit of a big man for its 2010 class continues to roll on full steam ahead.

The latest target is 6-9, 230-pound Sioux Falls (SD) forward Cody Larson, who was released from his Letter of Intent with Iowa on April 9.

Larson, who committed to the Hawkeyes and former coach Todd Lickliter in September of 2008, met with new Iowa coach Fran McCaffery last Thursday and requested his release.

“Anytime you have a new coach, you have a whole new program,” Larson told Stu Whiney of The Argus Leader of his decision to re-open the process. “When I committed, I did it because of Coach Lickliter, and it was hard to see him leave. I just want to make sure I find what the best option is for me.”

On Sunday, the final day of the April 8-11 contact period, Tom Crean, Tim Buckley and Bennie Seltzer visited Larson in South Dakota, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Larson, who has four official visits remaining, is not speaking publicly about his recruitment at this time, but is expected to take some time to work through the recruiting process before making a decision. The spring signing period begins this Wednesday and concludes on May 19.

As a senior at Roosevelt High School, Larson averaged 19.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists, but was suspended near the conclusion of the season. Details of the suspension were not made public.

Larson’s game, which is described as a mix between a three, four and a five, reportedly has similarities to Mike Miller, who came through the same AAU program, the Dakota Schoolers. lists Larson as a four-star prospect and the No. 23 power forward in the country while lists Larson as a three-star.

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  • marsh21

    I agree. We might surprise some people with our offense next year IF our ball handling improves. I think we will see solid improvement from both Hulls and VJ which will help. If we can land one of the three bigs Crean is going after we could start 5 people who can score the ball and not many teams can say that.

    Defense is key but a years worth of beat downs hopefully will give them motivation to improve.

  • marsh21

    This is nothing personal but Bruce Weber hasn't been even close to what I thought he would be at Illinois. He took another coaches team to the final game but since has been boring at best. His teams play hard but his coaching abilities haven't proven much at this level. I believe your program is at its apex and not going any higher.

    IU certainly has its struggles but we are improving which is not something I can say for Mr. Bruce. If you're happy then I'm happy for you.

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  • Hardwood Wizard

    Couldn't you see AE hitting the open 3, driving and dishing to a big man or opposite wing for a 3, hitting the 8 foot jumper on the way to the rim, finishing strong amongst the bigs and drawing a foul, or posting up a 6'4 guard on the blocks?

    He needs to work on his quickness, but Gordon Heyward from Butler isn't that quick either but he takes good angles to the basket and creates his own shot.

    This is why we need an explosive point and big man in the 2011 class. This would round out a good 2011-2012 team or 2012-2013 team that can make a run in the tournament. We would have a full compliment of players to turn to.

    The great thing about AE is in high school, he is the man and has to create shots. In AAU he is surrounded by talent so he can rebound,create a shot, dish on the drive or spot up. Either way, for a 6'6″ shooting guard or wing, he has a pretty well rounded game and the kid can make passes most guys his size cannot.

  • iubase

    Next year should net us 16 or so wins and 6-7th in the big ten – not sure if that is enough for the ncaa with 96 team format. We could do better if Creek is healthy and Watford improves – which will serve as the nucleus of the team. I trust these two to come through for us. The other key is Bawa developing and especially Rivers doing better. I think he has the tools to do this and with a better supporting cast will prove the naysayers wrong and prove to be a decent pg. If this develops and oladipo and cody (an important but not essential piece of the puzzle) are decent than we have a shot at the 5-6 spot in big ten and we can have a bear at the tourney (jerry is buying – he will be the guy in the bear outfit).