Ollie, UConn add another transfer to hoops roster

The Year of the Transfer continues at UConn, but the latest addition to the men’s basketball program won’t be eligible to play until the 2016-17 season.

Terry Larrier, a wing player from the Bronx, N.Y., who considered UConn out of high school, said Thursday he has decided to transfer to Storrs from Virginia Commonwealth. Evan Daniels of Scout.com first reported the news.

Larrier, a 6-foot-7 forward, has completed his freshman year at VCU. He will sit out next season, under NCAA transfer rules, and would become eligible in 2016. Larrier would have three season of eligibility remaining.

The Huskies came back into Larrier’s future when VCU coach Shaka Smart decided to leave and accepted the coaching job at Texas. This time Larrier chose UConn over Maryland.

“My relationship with Kevin Ollie,” Larrier told Daniels when asked why he chose the Huskies. “He recruited me in high school and our relationship is real good. He’s just a good dude. He’s a stand up dude. We talk all the time. I think he’s done a good job with the UConn program. I’m excited to go to UConn.”

Larrier averaged 6.6 points and 18.5 minutes a game as a VCU freshman. He built his reputation as a top prospect playing with the PSA Cardinals of the AAU circuit. His athleticism should fit UConn’s uptempo style.

During the busy spring recruiting season, UConn coaching staff has landed Seton Hall’s Sterling Gibbs and Cornell’s Shonn Miller, both graduate transfers who will have only one season in the Huskies uniform. UConn also has one commitment from the Class of 2016. Mamadou Diarra of Woodstock Academy announced his choice last week.


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