May 2, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
On Monday, University of Wyoming head men's basketball coach Larry Shyatt announced that Larry Nance Jr. has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Wyoming. Nance will join the Cowboys for the 2011-12 season.
"What appears to be the final piece of a solid recruiting class also seems to be a perfect fit," Shyatt said about Nance Jr. "Larry has tomorrow written all over him, as he is a bit of a late bloomer who grew several inches over the past couple years. He possesses the ability to be a multi-position player with great versatility. His excellent hands and touch give him the potential to excel as both an interior and perimeter player. His parents, Larry Sr. and Jaynee, have done a terrific job preparing Larry both on and off the court. He is a good student, but most importantly an excellent young man."
Nance, a native of Richfield, Ohio, comes to Wyoming after a standout prep career at Revere High School. He stands 6'7", weighs 205 pounds and can play both inside and outside.
During his senior year, Nance averaged 18.2 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.0 blocks, 2.6 steals and 2.3 assists per game. He helped lead Revere High School to a 21-2 overall record this past season, its best record in school history. The Minutemen won their second-straight Suburban League Championship and were 13-0 in league games.
Following his senior season, Nance received numerous postseason honors. He was named Second Team All-Ohio, First Team All-Suburban League and First Team All-District. He was Revere's team MVP and leaves as the school's all-time leader in blocked shots for a career, season and game.
Nance has played in numerous all-star games, including the North/South game, the Summit County/Stark County game and earned MVP honors following the Greater Akron Basketball Coaches Association all-star game.
Over the past two seasons, the Revere Minutemen have compiled a record of 40-6 overall and were 28-0 in league games. They advanced to the Division I district final in each of the past two seasons. The two league championships were the first for Revere High School since 1976.
Nance's father, Larry Sr., enjoyed a 13-year career in the NBA (1981-94). After playing college basketball at Clemson, he played for the Cleveland Cavilers and the Phoenix Suns. He was a three-time All-Star and was named to the NBA's All-Defensive First Team in 1989. He is also known for winning the NBA's first-ever dunk contest in 1984.
"When I was the head coach at Clemson, I had the great opportunity of getting to know Larry Sr.," Shyatt said. "In fact, we had a special weekend with he and some other Clemson greats like Elden Campbell, Dale Davis, Horace Grant and Chris Whitney. As a side note, Larry Sr. was also a late bloomer and grew three inches while at Clemson."
Larry Jr.'s older sister, Casey, currently plays basketball at the University of Dayton.
Nance is the fifth player to sign with the Cowboys in the 2011-12 class. He joins Lekan Ajayi (Winston-Salem, N.C.), Derrious Gilmore (Baltimore, Md.), Riley Grabau (Boulder, Colo.) and Tyrone Marshall (Denver, Colo.).