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The No. 9 Gators returned five starters this season, including forward Alex Tyus and center Vernon Macklin. Behind those seniors are sophomore Erik Murphy and freshmen Patric Young and Will Yeguete.
Donovan said he would leave the choice up to Larson, but for now he’s not playing the South Dakota native to leave that option open.
“I think anytime you redshirt somebody, if it works out that way, what you’re saying to him is that you’re going to be a very, very good player in this program and we’re willing to invest another year in you,” Donovan said. “And I think he’s going to be terrific. I think he’s on a team with some depth and some numbers and some experience ahead of him right now.”
Larson, rated a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and a three-star recruit by Scout.com, averaged 19.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 blocks as a senior at Roosevelt High.