Casper College (WY) standout Tyler Larson has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at the University of South Dakota, head men's basketball coach Dave Boots announced Wednesday. With the signing of Larson, Boots now has inked five for the 2012-13 season.
"Tyler is a big guard with a great work ethic," Boots said. "He is a strong defensive player and rebounder who will be a very good all-around player."
Larson, a 6-3 guard from Las Vegas, NV, spent the last two years at Casper College under head coach Joel Davidson. There, he helped lead the team to a 25-9 record in 2011-12 and led the team to the championship game of the Region IX tournament. He averaged 12.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. In the Region IX title game, Larson scored 19 points, with five rebounds and four steals.
As a freshman, he helped lead Casper to a 23-10 record while averaging 9.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.
While in high school, Larson played for head coach Chancellor Davis at Desert Pines. As a junior, Larson was named all-city and all-conference after averaging 13 points and 12 rebounds per game. As a senior, he averaged an impressive 22 points per game and nine rebounds per contest earning all-city and all-conference honors.
Larson joins Karim Rowson (6-5, guard) of Western Oklahoma State College and New York, and Eric Robertson (6-7, forward) from Wayzata, MN, and the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL, who signed earlier this month. Rowson averaged 18 points and five rebounds at WOSC leading the team in scoring this past season. Robertson spent last season at the IMG Academy where he averaged 12 points and 10.1 rebounds per game after earning all-conference honors and honorable mention all-state honors at Wayzata High School.
Casey Kasperbauer of Carroll, IA, and Tyler Flack of Lakeville, MN, signed during the early signing period in November. Kasperbauer earned ESPN High School Midwest Player of the Week honors in February as he scored 47 points including 17 in the fourth quarter in an 84-70 win over Winterset (IA). He connected on eight triples and all 11 free throws in the second highest scoring game for an Iowa player this season.
Flack a 6-7 center from Lakeville North High School helped lead his team to the state championship game in March and just the school's second appearance in school history. Flack led his team with 12 points in the championship game – a 49-47 loss to Osseo High School.