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UConn Men's Basketball Recruiting: Terry Larrier transferring to UConn from VCU

Larrier was a highly rated recruit out of high school from the Class of 2014 who UConn lost out on originally.

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Evan Daniels from Scout is reporting that VCU transfer Terry Larrier has decided to move to UConn. He will sit out this coming season and have three years of eligibility remaining. The 6-foot-8 small forward was a Top-50 recruit according to every major scouting service, ranked as high as 34 by 247 Sports' composite national ranking.

Coming out of The Phelps School in Malvern, Pennsylvania, the highly-touted Larrier had offers from all over the country, eventually choosing VCU over UConn. He averaged 6.6 points and 3.0 rebounds in 18.5 minutes per game as a freshman. His decision to leave was undoubtedly motivated by head coach Shaka Smart's departure for Texas.

Larrier is a traditional wing with athleticism, shooting range and an ability to get to the rim. He should fill in nicely for the Huskies in the 2016-'17 season. Daniel Hamilton is probably spending only one more year in Storrs- Larrier will be an experienced replacement who will have the benefit of a year of practicing with the team under his belt. This was an ideal way for UConn to fill one of its two vacant scholarship openings.

In an interview with Scout, Larrier said his primary reason for choosing UConn was his relationship with Kevin Ollie. Ollie and the Huskies have done well this off-season, adding Sterling Gibbs from Seton Hall and Shonn Miller from Cornell, both of whom will be eligible immediately.

While UConn will have to wait to see Larrier in a Husky uniform, this is a big win. Larrier was reportedly down to UConn and Maryland. Losing Diamond Stone to the Terps certainly still hurts, but this helps. Larrier will join the recently committed Mamadou Diarra as a newcomer on next year's team.

Hey, UVA star Justin Anderson, what do you think of Terry Larrier?