Former Roosevelt standout Tagyn Larson will be leaving the Iowa Hawkeyes after one season, and though her next college basketball destination hasn’t been decided, it’s likely to be even closer to home.
Larson’s departure was announced Wednesday in a press release from the women’s basketball program. Sophomore guard Whitney Jennings is also leaving the program.
Larson, a Sioux Falls native, has three years of eligibility remaining.
“I’ve appreciated what the coaches have done for me and the opportunities that have been given to me at Iowa,” Larson said in the release. “I’ve made lifelong friends in my teammates and it’s been an experience I’m going to treasure forever. Looking ahead, I’m excited to start at a new school and have the best years I can there.”
Larson played a combined 10 minutes for the Hawkeyes in five games as a freshman. Iowa finished the season 19-14 after exiting from the opening round of the WNIT.
Holly Borchers, Larson’s varsity coach during her senior year at Roosevelt, confirmed Wednesday that the 6-foot-2 forward is looking into collegiate options closer to home.
Exactly where that landing spot will be is anyone’s guess, but obviously four programs stick out: South Dakota State, the University of South Dakota, Augustana and the University of Sioux Falls.
It’s not a stretch to suggest Larson would be a welcome addition to SDSU or USD — and that D-II teams such as Augie and USF would highly covet her skills.
Larson’s older brother, Cody, graduated from SDSU in 2015 after resurrecting his playing career with the Jackrabbits. Cody Larson started all 35 games as a senior, and didn’t miss a contest in his 67 games with the Jacks. Larson earned Summit League Defensive Player of the Year honors for his efforts.
That combination of versatility and athleticism runs in the family.
“Tagyn can play multiple positions, obviously, in high school and also at the college level,” Borchers said. “She changes the complexion of the game with her ability to block shots and guard a variety of different kids. She’s a great player for anyone that has her, no matter where they want her to play.”
Borchers also lauded Larson’s off-the-court influence.
“The most fun thing about coaching her is that wanted to be good and she really cared about her teammates,” Borchers said. “That’s a really hard thing to teach, and she definitely has that. She was a calming influence for them when they needed to be calm, and she could pump them up when they needed that.