Russell Larson Athlete Profile

#21 Russell Larson

Positions: Forward, Center Height: 6-11 Weight: 235 Roster Years: 1991-1995 Hometown: South Weber, UT Last School: Clearfield High School



Academic All-America

  • 1995 CoSida Second Team

Personal

Born in Lubbock Texas ... was raised by relatives in Idaho and Utah after his parents were killed in an automobile accident when he was seven ... guardians were Lance and LouJean Ferrell ... member of National Honor Society in high school and had a 3.8 GPA ... served LDS Church mission to Argentina, 1989-91 ... married Kristi Johnson in October 1993 ... recruited by Utah, Utah State and San Diego State.

Before BYU

Lettered in basketball three years and track two years at Clearfield High ... placed third in the state high jump championships with 6-6 ... as a senior, was 80 percent free throw shooter ... averaged 21 points and 11 rebounds ... team completed season with a 19-4 record, the best ever at Clearfield ... team placed first in its region in 1987 and 988 ... took 2nd in 4A in 1987 ... coached by Craig Hansen (Weber State).

Summary

Larson was a great shooter while at BYU, ending his career with a .556 field goal percentage, tied for fifth all-time ... his teams reached the NCAA tournament three times (1992, 1993 and 1995) and the NIT once (1994) ... he was a two-time All-WAC performer (1994 and 1995) ... finished his career with a 14.6 scoring average.

Stats

Year   G-GS   FGM-FGA  FG%   3PM-3PA  3P%   FTM-FTA  FT%   R-AVE    P-AVE
91-92  32-1   101-187  .540  0-0      ---   115-141  .816  162-5.1  317-9.9
92-93  33-19  135-214  .631  0-2      ---   88-120   .733  145-4.4  358-10.8
93-94  32-32  223-403  .553  10-35    .286  181-221  .819  292-9.1  637-19.9
94-95  32-32  201-384  .523  14-28    .500  157-191  .822  222-6.9  573-17.9
Totals 129-84 660-1188 .556  24-65    .369  541-673  .804  821-6.4  1885-14.6


1991-1992 | Freshman Year

Named WAC Freshman of the Year and MVP of Cougar Classic ... picked to All-WAC newcomer Team ... had 21 points and 12 rebounds in first collegiate game vs. Utah State ... high point game was 29 against Utah State in the Cougar Classic ... had 13 rebounds against Wyoming in the Marriott Center ... led team in blocked shots with 41.

1992-1993 | Sophomore Year

Set school record with a .631 field goal percentage ... that figure also led the WAC in all games ... scored 24 points in an overtime win against Hawaii ... had 10 rebounds against Oklahoma in the Maui Invitational ... led team in blocked shots with 41 ... named honorable mention All-WAC ... selected Academic All-WAC.

1993-1994 | Junior Year

Selected by his teammates as most valuable player ... earned the teams free throw, rebounding, and Geneva Steelman awards ... scored 35 points against Wyoming in Provo ... had 15 rebounds at San Diego State ... was MVP of the Cougar Classic, Academic All WAC, All-WAC first team by the coaches and writers, All-Region 13 by the NABC and All-Far West by Basketball Weekly.

1994-1995 | Senior Year

Started all 32 games ... shot 52.3% from the field and 50.0 percent from three-point range ... scored 573 points and averaged 17.9 points a game ... finished career with 1885 points, fourth all-time at BYU ... named academic All-American ... led BYU in scoring in 14 games ... scored season high 34 against Air Force ... first team All-WAC.