One of the most underrated and overlooked players in the Midwest, Saint Paul (Minn.) Cretin Derham-Hall 2018 point guard Ryan Larson is quietly producing in a variety of areas this season. Perhaps overshadowed by Minnesota commit Daniel Oturu and some of the other young up and coming stars within the program, Larson has been invaluable to CDH in 2016-17.
Leading his team to a 14-6 mark, including a 10-1 record in conference play, Larson is among the team leaders in numerous statistical categories. He’s currently posting 13.4 points, 7.3 assists, and 5.5 rebounds per game from the point guard position.
The straw that stirs the drink for CDH, Larson might be undersized, but packs a lot of game into 5-foot-10 frame. An elusive, speedy guard, Larson can absolutely fly up the floor in transition and often beats the defense down the floor for easy finishes. While he can create his own offense, Larson does an exceptional job of playing within the offense and setting up his teammates first.
More of a scorer earlier in his career, Larson is slowly developing into a true floor general. Make no mistake, he can take over a game offensively and is a player you want with the ball in his hands down the stretch. Eight times this season, Larson has scored 15 points or more on a loaded squad. Larson continues to show the ability to score from all three levels and can be deadly when he gets into the teeth of the defense and pull up from 15 feet.
His point guard skills continue to expand and the proof is in the pudding. Larson has a 2.9:1 assist-to-turnover ratio. He’s had double-digit assist efforts three times and has had more turnovers than assists just once all season.
At this time a handful of Division 1 programs are interested. North Dakota State, South Dakota, and Air Force have all been tracking Larson as a junior – a list that should continue to grow this spring when he laces them up for Howard Pulley.