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Revere's Larry Nance commits to play basketball at Wyoming

By mikeb Published: May 1, 2011

Revere High School senior Larry Nance has committed to continue his basketball and academic careers at the University of Wyoming.

Revere coach Dean Rahas confirmed Sunday that Nance will play for the Cowboys.

Rahas also said Minutemen seniors DJ Bettinger and Connor Edel will play basketball in college. Bettinger is headed to Indiana-Wesleyan University and Edel is bound for Case Western Reserve University.

Nance committed to play at Wyoming by signing a national letter of intent Saturday.

''It's very random,'' Nance said. ''I never really thought I would end up going that far away from home, but it is a great fit. The coaching is great, the campus is excellent and the guys are really cool.''

Nance, son of a former NBA All-Star, is excited to play for Wyoming coach Larry Shyatt, who was hired on March 31 by Athletic Director Tom Burman. The Cowboys were 20-42 overall and 6-26 in the Mountain West Conference the past two seasons under Heath Schroyer, who was fired on Feb. 8, and interim coach Fred Langley.

''My AAU coach [Chad Bentz] talked to Coach Shyatt when he was an assistant coach at Florida,'' Nance said. ''He saw me play and he liked me. Obviously, they didn't pursue me. They were looking at other guys. But when he took the job at Wyoming, he immediately talked to me, flew me there and offered me a scholarship. I loved it.''

Nance, a 6-foot-7, 205-pound forward, helped the Minutemen advance to a Division I district final the past two seasons. Revere went 21-2 this season. Revere had a 40-6 record, including a 28-0 mark in the Suburban League, the past two years.

''As a coach you are always proud when one of your kids is able to play at the next level,'' Rahas said. ''This is a special accomplishment that not many people get to do. He has worked hard for it.

''In the same breath you wish it was a little closer. It would be nice for family and friends if it was a little closer because we could see him play more often.''

Nance also considered offers from Central Michigan, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Ohio, Bradley and James Madison.

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