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. Scout.com lists Larson as a four-star prospect and the No. 23 power forward in the country while Rivals.com lists Larson as a three-star.

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  • IndyHooper

    Solid averages. I will certainly take the next Mike Miller. Seems like this would be an upgrade for him, especially if he likes the Big Ten. How long will it take for a big to realize they can play right away and have a great opportunity. If no one does this recruiting period I am going to start getting a little concerned. I feel like I have been realistic and optimistic throughout this whole situation, thinking we are meeting on expectations right now. But if we can’t get a big this year, and a huge recruit (A.K.A. Teague or Zeller) in 2011, I think the Crean questioning will really heat it.

    I love Crean and think he is doing all he can, but we need another legit big. Any word on Brandon Mobley or Yeguette would be much appreciated. Also, any junior college prospects still being looked at?

  • psvirsky

    Aww…and he's got a nice smile too.

    Not a lot of info but he seems worthwhile. Curious about the suspension of course.

  • Kelin Blab

    A few questions surround Cody Larson for me:

    1. Does he have Moses Abraham type of juice. Will we be up to 1:30am awaiting his tweets and announcement.

    2. Iowa sucks as bad as IU, probaly worse given it is Iowa with NO basketball tradition, why wouldn't Cody choose IU?

    3. 6'9 230, plays the 3,4,5…who should be worried more about their spot geez?

    4. The entire staff went to see him? Will this turn up the heat on John Wilkins?

    5. Which ITH'er will produce video of him playing first? I usually hold this honor but 'my sources' have come up dry.

  • BaseballBuc

    Tom Crean pulling out all the stops for a big man. If Cody doesn't realize how much IU needs him, no one ever will because Crean doesn't just take his 2 asst. coaches to go see a 4 star prospect very often.

  • roninjeffersonville

    I am starting to feel coach is recruiting anyone over 6'8″,reather he has talent or not. Lets save the it and get a big that wants to be at IU in 2011. Hey Alex? What's the latest on Will Yeguette and Mr Wilkins?

  • hoosierboy

    In 2 more days we will be loking at 3 more guys Crean has suddenly gained interest in. lol. If I grow 4 inches I wonder if Crean will come to my door step. Lets just not get too desperate. I don't know anything about this guy but could he be similar to Capobianco or Pritchard? I hope not. Not that they r bad but we need a major impact big that can help and if they can't then just save the scholly! Can some one get a video of this guy?

  • GFDave

    The list of schools that offered this kid include Baylor, Iowa, Nebraska and New Mexico. So I guess he can probably play a little bit, but he isn't setting the world on fire. My question is: can he play on the inside by guarding the post and scoring at the rim?

  • Hoosier Clarion

    I have to believe if you have had Coach Crean, Drew and Lickliter all
    after this 4 star at one time or another, he is worth the effort.

  • OhioHoosier
  • Kelin Blab

    If you look at the remaining bigs Crean is recruiting I don't think they are bad players at all or can't help. They all are different types of players and could help in someway. I commend the staff for doing their due diligence and at least trying to make this team better. I will say this, don't put all your eggs in the zeller or plumlee basket.

    Will Yeguette – 6'7 more of a rebounder, good athlete, smaller PF recruited by GT, Marquette etc
    John Wilkins – 6'9 very skilled offensively, needs to get stronger, good athlete recruited by Ill st., Providence, Iowa St.
    Dwight McCombs – 6'8 juco player true PF, rebounder, solid post game recruited by Minny, Ark, ASU etc

    If you include Larson, with this bunch it is not bad and he probaly could be high on the list if you base it on his scouting report. I don't think any of these guys are projects and do we want to go into the season with Christian having to play alot of PF?

    A lineup of
    G. vj3 6'5
    G Creek 6'5
    F Christian Watford 6'8
    F Bobby C or ????? New Guy 6'9
    C D. Elston 6'9

    Not bad I think and it gives us options………not to mention an improved bawa.

  • Hardwood Wizard

    Kelin,

    Not a bad line up. I would like to see then Hulls off the bench and let VJ and Creek rotate in and out at #2; Watford can slide into the #4 with Elston with Capo and Pritch in the rotation. A new guy I think would figure in there immediately assuming he is a tough rebounder or defender. Rivers can add depth with VO. Sheehey might be able to spell Watford for a nice scoring touch from the perimeter.

    This has to be a tough decision in CTC with the pursuit of Larson and others in the 2010 class. If he signs a guy like Larson, does this help Zeller stray knowing that there are 4 or 5 guys his size or bigger on the roster with scholarships? To me landing a guy like Zeller is a top priority because:

    A) He is a top 50 recruit
    B) He is from Indiana and could help bring other from the state to IU
    C) He could solidify the PF/C position for 3 or 4 years

    Do we risk Zeller at the hands of a 3 or 4 star recruit who is rated about the same level as Capo or Pritchard?

    Maybe we let this guy go, let Elston, Capo, and Bawa develop more next year and focus on a top big man in 2011?

    I think landing some in state kids like Etherington and possibly Zeller, JDavis, etc will do wonders for this program in the near and distant future.

  • 1987 Hoosiers

    If Larson has been busted for alcohol and then turns around and gets busted for pills, there is no need to send the entire coaching staff there to visit him.

    There is plenty of talent in this state to recruit. Chances are, Larson will sent behind Elston for 3 years anyway. Elston had similar numbers his senior year of high school and showed much improvement last year at IU. We don’t need a 6’9″ guy to sit behind him and Watford.

    We need a 6’10” kid that we can build with in 2011 by the name of Zeller. If we cannot land him, we have a good chance of getting someone rated higher than what Larson is in the class of 2010.

  • Ryan_Btown

    Kelin,

    That lineup looks pretty sweet when you put it down on paper. These days, I hate getting excited about the season this far out (or anytime really), but I am really hoping for something better than what we've seen the previous 2 seasons, and that lineup could certainly help things.

    What's nice is that previously we were listing about 2-4 people who had never worn an IU jersey (freshman or transfers usually) as starters for the next season. Now, we've got maybe one. That's good news, but now they need to start to produce.

  • walton

    I don't know much about the kid either, but I thought I heard he was a 4 star recruit. I personally think IU is in a type of desperate situation, but I don't think this recruit would be that much of a stretch in that direction. The future classes look very promising and for that reason I think it is important to really try to excel next season – recruits still look at success of a program. Adding a couple big players to next years class will not hurt the Hoosiers (especially if they are 4-5 star recruits). Schollies really aren't a concern of mine – they will work themselves out.

  • walton

    Glad to see Crean and Co. is still trying to improve next years team!!!

  • hoosierclarion

    It seems if this 4 star has been recruited by Coach Crean, Drew and Lickliter that would tell me enough about the potency of his potential along with the fact that many Iowa HS ballers seem to perform above their credentials.

  • HoosierChan77

    Is their any chance of a signing between Wed. and May 19. any romors??? This kid looks to possibly spell the 3,4,5 but where would he start,..We would hope 4-5 and let CW show off his periimeter game and versatility….Took a break for awhile just to get my mind right after this up and mostly down season, although I did work security for the Final Four mostly @ the Convention Center and a few hours @ L.OIL (pretty cool)….Anyways great job as always ITH!

  • plane1972

    Mobley is not a legit big. He would play the 3 and makes Christian Watford look like a physical specimen. I agree with others that Yeguette would be the best option for an inside presence with this particular scholly.

  • He's from South Dakota, not Iowa.

  • GFDave

    Thanks for digging those up.

    Cody seems ok. He moves pretty well, but, like Elston, he isn't big enough to defend the post.

  • Yeguete seems poised to pick between Florida and Georgia Tech. Haven't heard anything on Wilkins lately.

  • From the research I've done and talking to a few people (all last night), I don't get the impression that he's a true post player or a 5. As I wrote in the article, he's a mix of a 3-4-5.

  • To follow up on what plane wrote here, the ship has sailed with IU and Mobley.

  • marcusgresham

    …and we know South Dakota has a stellar basketball pedigree, because that's the state that produced Dale Brown! Just kidding you, Alex. I'm sure your father has some great Dale Brown stories.

  • Hoagland

    IndyHooper,

    I don't think either of those guys are legit BIGS, no one we are recruiting truly is when compared to the BIGS of the Big Ten. They might be for their High School or AAU teams, but not against the Big Ten.

    The one thing with these 'Bigs' that I fear is the answer I see to your question of 'when will a big realize if they come here they could play right away.' To me the answer is bad, and that is if you are a traditional Big like one we probably need for the Big Ten, why would you want to come to a dribble drive, guard offense? You can see on film your job is to get throw under the bus for too few rebounds and to run your butt off to set ball screens up top with the chances of getting a pass on the role at about 3 per season. The only chance a Big gets in our system is to board it and put it back up. They obviously don't practice post moves, nor do we ever feed the post, they are just a release, not a true option. It doesn't matter who we have now, unless a guy like Dwight Howard walks through the door, Crean isn't changing his offense for them.

    I think this is a huge detractor for our hopes of landing Zeller. If he wants uptempo, he can go to UNC with his brother and more immediate talent around him, but he has already been quoted as saying he really likes the way Butler plays. Its a motion offense that can get him the ball in positions to score it. It's help defense so somewhere is there to have your back when you get beat, not like here where hed be hung out to dry.

    I'm not saying there is nothing good about Crean or his offense, but, in relation to landing a high profile, immediate impact BIG, I don't think it is a good offense. Now for the loaded guard talent in the state, Why wouldn't they want to come here?

  • marcusgresham

    As far as Larson's suspension is concerned, this is what I found on a post from a Northern Iowa board:

    “Apparently Cody Larsen and another player were suspended from the team for possessing hydrocodone. They received it from a football player at the high school who had knee surgery and was prescribed the medication. The one kid got suspended for 2 games, and Larsen 21 days of basketball activity due to a prior alcohol charge stemming from last year. The person whom they received the drugs from was been suspended from school for a period of time along with the other player, apparently Larson may not have been suspended from what I was able to find.”

    Of course, the guy spelled his name wrong, so it may be right and it may not.

  • Roninjeffersonville

    off subject But Alex, Did you read the column from the Star, about Moses Abraham? Sure he committed to Georgetown (verbal). Now he can sit back and decide what he really wants without the pressure to decide. I just feel ” its not over” in regrets to him. Your view?

  • GFDave

    I respectfully disagree with your assessment on the chances for bigs to score. I think any time you succeed in obtaining dribble penetration you have the option of :

    1. Getting to the rim yourself
    2. Kicking out to the 3 point line
    3. Dropping it off on the big whose man has left to guard the penetration

    Of course there is also the secondary break, where the trailing big slashes the lane after the initial break has been stopped. Zeller would be perfect for this.

    We're not seeing much of that now I readily admit. I think that probably is as much a function of the team's overall talent deficit as the offense. I stand ready to be corrected if things stay the same over the next couple of seasons.

  • valpohistory

    I like what you are thinking, but there is no way that VJ3 can handle the point for an entire season. He dribbles off his foot all the time. I'd hate to see him dribbling off his foot at the midcourt line. At least when he does it on the wing, it gives whoever the other point was to get back and at least slow the break down. I hate to be bitter, and you know that I'm a big IU fan and usually agree with all your stuff, but VJ doesn't have the skills to be a good big ten point. Maybe you slide Capo out, move everyone up a slot, then slide in possibly a new point recruit, or Hulls/RIvers based on opponent, we find ourselves a very good looking lineup. Improvement is what is going to be the name of the game this year. GO HOOSIERS!

  • valpohistory

    I found the same thing when I was looking him up. Not the most intelligent thing, but also doesn't make him a terrible kid, just one who needs to get his head on straight. If he is surrounded by a lot of the good kids that we already have on our team, he would be just fine.

  • JerryCT

    I believe Joe Krabbenhoft was from South Dakota. If the kid plays as well as he did we could use him. Demling thinks so too in his article today

  • MillaRed

    Drugs, alcohol, even the look of this kid gives me the heebie-jeebies.

    Personally I'm not digging it.

  • Kelin Blab

    Valpo if you look at the past two seasons, VJ3 has probaly been our best pg, especially last year. He obviously is not a pure point, but in comparison to JR and Hulls at the point, he is our best option and gives us another offensive weapon on the court. I am just trying to keep Christian at the 3 where he can do more damage.

  • Have not seen the article. Is it recent?

  • Roninjeffersonville

    Todays Hoosier Insider. Terry commented on what Moses said after the Derby Classic. Here's a link:

    http://blogs.indystar.com/hoosiersinsider/

  • IndyHooper

    I semi-agree with your assesment of Crean’s offense and the way a “legit big” won’t fit in real well. As for the big’s in the Big Ten could you name a couple besides Greg Oden. I know its a physical conference, but…..

  • Guest

    I think this kid would be a great addition. I love how Coach Crean can get recruits interested in IU we just need them to commit that seems to be the problem.

  • JerryCT

    What happened Milared ? My mention of Krabbenhoft bring back old Wisky memories ?

  • MillaRed

    I think we have our Krabby already in Elston.

    I kind of agree that something is better out there in 2011. It was tough going through Elston's growing pains and I'm not sure how this would be any different. If he didn't have to play right away it would be a better situation.

    My gut just tells me it's a hasty decision. Hope I'm wrong if we land him.

  • JerryCT

    Kelin, reconsider a couple things: 1) assume we contniue to overweight our run and drive style of offense, 2) we need to start this offense w a turnover or rebound ( usually a guard or Watford ) and 3) the number of players we will have at the “guard” position.

    With this in mind I am led toward 3 guards or more in the offense in order take maximum advantage of our depth among VO, Sheehey, Roth , Hulls, VJ, Creek and Rivers ….. all guys who do something well enough to play and contribute.

  • He's probably reporting on the interview we conducted that he was not present for. Which I'm not surprised that the Star didn't give credit to the outlets that reported the information. That's why we no longer have links to any of their sites on ITH.

    The interview he is referencing is here:

    https://www.insidethehall.com/2010/04/11/video-v

  • I should also note that Dustin Dopirak was there as well and asked more questions than I.

  • iubase

    Cody could be the real deal. Espn rates him PF #29 just behind travis carroll and before donnie hale (#28 and 35). Doubt he is a 5 but his size and skills will help. He was the star recruit for Iowa and they don't seem pleased to loose him. After loosing a good nucleas of players when Crean arrived it is nice to see this develop. Doubt Leslie is coming here and Cody is the next uncommitted PF available. We need players now. Crean's approach mimics Izzo – and good athletic bigs will find a spot and help the program. If Bawa matures (it takes time look at Dukes Zoubek) and Pritch gets in shape and develops the right mindset then we got a team that can do some damage over the next 3 years. I love the notion of Rivers (with fewer turnovers and a jump shot) or vj or hulls at the point, vj or creek at 2, cw spelled by creek at 3, elston at 3 or 4, capo at 3 or 4 and bawa or pritch at 5 with Roth shooting 3's and Cody contributing at the 3 or 4. However I like this kid Oladipo (?Buckner like defense) the best, and to see he and Creek at 1 and 2 make me think that in 2 years we will be special. Then the likes of Zeller and Plumlee and other local high school stars will follow. –

  • btowncain

    I somewhat agree, the thing is that most don't understand is that IU is stuck between a rock and a hard place right now, IU is special and we have to win this season to get the in-state kids, what's more relevant Butler and Purdue right now and that's because they are winning and everyone see's that. This year could ultimately decide how the future of Hoosier basketball ends up, we have to wins games this year so people realize that if they come to IU they can take a WINNING team over the hump and do something that hasn't been done since '87. So any player that can play well we need, because a winning season this year equals great things a head. Do I think Cody Larson is a good pick up for CTC…yes because I believe he can play and help right now. GO HOOSIERS!!!

  • hoooooosier

    i would like to be as accepting as you valpo but idk if a student athlete who has previous underage drink issues representing IU. What i can assume is that the hydrocodone he purchased was for abusive acts. You don't purchase a pills from someone unless you plan on using them my guess is snorting. But i could be wrong but just as a good kid has an effect on a bad one it could be the other way around with a bad influence happening. In that case why not just take Bud Mackey jk

    I like his versatility but i dont know if iam as trusting as you valpo

  • sdsualum08

    Larson was recruited by Crean earlier when he was at Marquette. Don't be too surprised that he's looking at him now that he's been released.

  • marsh21

    100% true

  • marsh21

    Rivers at the point??? I'm sorry but I can't agree with this notion. Rivers is a very bad point guard and I'm being nice. Come on guys this won't get us anywhere but more L's.

  • Kelin Blab

    marsh21….are you completely done with rivers. If he is not the point then where do you play him. I am willing to give jr another chance, he had some very good moments this year with his defense on manny harris and others, he never really became the leader we all wanted but when he is playing pressure D and attacking the basket, IU is a better team. He frustrated me as much as you but I think the kid could help…he has ONE year to make it happen.

  • valpohistory

    Well, as a young kid, I know what the effects of something like this can be on a team. Just last year as a senior in high school, we had a kid who struggled with substance abuse. Me and a few other leaders from our team took him aside, told him he needed to stop, and he did. Because we needed him. We sat him down, explained we needed his contributions and this substance was inhibiting it. He agreed to stop, and he did. I know because he was one of my best friends. It's definitely possible, just takes the right situation and people around him, which could certainly be true here.