June 29, 2009

Larson bounces back

It's been a long spring for Cody Larson. The future Hawkeye sustained a knee injury during his junior year that required surgery after the season. As a result, the 6-foot-9 power forward from Sioux Falls, SD spent much of the spring working his way back to full strength. This past weekend, the South Dakota big man was back with his AAU team and showing signs that he is almost back to 100%.

The road back to the court hasn't been an easy one of Larson, who verbally committed to the Hawkeyes last fall. The injury to his left knee actually happened sometime during his junior season at Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls.

"It actually happened during the season and I just played through it. Then I got it checked out after the season and they ended up doing a scope on it. After the scope, it was a really slow healing process and I got tendonitis, but it is getting better. But, It has been pretty frustrating to be out," he said.

Larson said he had torn cartilage behind his knee and had that repaired by arthroscopic surgery a couple of months ago. The knee is feeling much better these days and now he is starting to regain his confidence in the injured leg.

"I am just happy to be playing again. I'm still not 100% in terms of my confidence just yet with my left leg, but it is getting better," Larson said.

Larson actually played the previous weekend in a tournament in North Dakota and then this past weekend in the Dakota Showcase in Sioux Falls. His AAU team, the Dakota Schoolers, finished second in the tournament to a team from Omaha, 69-67, with Larson scoring 26 points in the contest.

The pace will pick up starting in the second week of July for the South Dakota big man as the Schoolers head to Kansas City for an AAU event. Then they are off to Las Vegas for a big tournament and then wrap up the month with a return trip to Kansas City.

"I excited about getting back out there again and proving myself this month against good competition and improving my game."

After the July AAU period, Larson plans to head to Iowa City for the Hawkeyes Elite Basketball camp in early August. He has kept in touch with the Iowa coaches on a regular basis the past few months and appreciates the support that they have provided.

"The Iowa coaches have been great," Larson said. "They have been really supportive and have kept in touch as much as is allowed. They have told me to be patient and keep the big picture in mind for down the road. I'm looking forward to getting back there on August 5th and 6th for the Elite Camp."

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