Terry Larrier confirmed long-standing rumors that he will be leaving UConn after the season to reporters today, announcing that he will be starting his professional basketball career a year before his NCAA eligibility expires.
Larrier, who transferred from Virginia Commonwealth University after his freshman season, has spent four years in college and will be receiving his degree this year.
Larrier’s UConn career has been marked by injuries, from an ACL tear his redshirt sophomore year, to a sinus injury and subsequent surgery that required him to play with a face mask for a chunk of this season. He has been a big part of the team when healthy, though, averaging 32.7 minutes per game during his time at Storrs.
This season, Larrier is averaging 13.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, and assist per game with and has been the Huskies’ best three-point shooter, going .383 percentage behind the arc.
The New York native’s upcoming appearance in the American Athletic Conference Tournament will presumably be the only postseason action he sees with UConn, but as a freshman, he was a valuable contributor to a VCU team that won the Atlantic-10 Tournament and took a D’Angelo Russell-led Ohio State team to overtime in the NCAA Tournament.
Larrier doesn’t project as much of an NBA prospect, but could find a home in the developmental G League. A more likely scenario is that his professional career begins in Europe, where many college players have been able to continue to play basketball.
As a prospect, Larrier offers shooting and athletic potential, attributes that could lead him to a long professional career if he continues to grow as a player. His drawbacks include limited ballhandling and creation skills, and a lack of defensive focus.
Larrier’s profile isn’t unusual for a college contributor who never developed into a star, and it’s one that professional teams often look for in this spaced-offense era of basketball. As a result, Larrier is likely to catch on with a team somewhere, and he’ll be able to further improve on the skills he already has.
Larrier’s presence will be missed in Storrs, but with a degree in his hand come summer, he has little reason to stay in college for another season while a professional opportunity lies in front of him.