Black Hawk College center Chris Larson will continue his basketball career at Oregon.

The Braves' 6-foot-11, 225-pound post player from Hudson, Iowa, will join the Pac-10 program as a preferred walk-on after turning down scholarship offers from two other NCAA Division I programs, Florida Gulf Coast and Troy.

"Some other schools tried to get in late - Sacramento State and Idaho State have called in the past week - but he was comfortable with the schools he visited and made his choice based on those visits," Black Hawk coach Darren Bizarri said.

"He will give Oregon some size they don't have on their roster right now, and regardless of where he went, continuing to gain strength will be important for Chris."

Already 20 pounds heavier than he was as a prep player at his northeast Iowa high school, Larson averaged 6.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.4 blocks last season for the Braves while splitting time at the post for the NJCAA Division II program.

He also showed good shooting ability for his size, hitting 11-of-23 shots from 3-point range during the second half of his sophomore season at Black Hawk.

"With the strength and conditioning resources they have at Oregon, he should have a good opportunity to reach his ceiling whether he redshirts next season or makes the strength gains he needs to play right away," Bizarri said. "It's a good opportunity for Chris. He came here looking for this type of opportunity."

Larson attended Black Hawk after receiving just one scholarship offer from an NCAA Division II program in high school.

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