Posted On: 03/23/18 8:12 AM
A riser in the class of 2019, Racine (Wis.) Park combo guard Larry Canady has developed into one of the best two-way players in the state. Not only one of the most improved players in Wisconsin, Canady played for one of the most improved teams. Helping turn around a 9-11 Panther squad from a year ago, Canady led Park to a 21-5 overall record this past season, including a trip to the sectional finals.
“I feel like we’ve gotten over that hump,” Canady told Prep Hoops Wisconsin. “We had some adversity and chemistry messed up (last season). I feel like we grew and got better each and every day. Going into next year, I think we have a lot of potential.”
Reaching the 1,000-point plateau, Canady averaged 17.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game as a junior. Every night, the 6-foot-2 guard was also responsible for slowing down the opposition’s best perimeter player.
“I’ve been guarding the best player on every team since 3rd or 4th grade,” he said. “That’s nothing new to me. Defense is one of my main priorities — locking down my man.”
Heading into the travel season, North Dakota State, UW-Milwaukee, Butler, Georgia Tech, Santa Clara, UW-Green Bay, UNLV, and Chicago State are all expressing interest. Canady named Butler, Green Bay, and Milwaukee as the three schools currently pushing the hardest.
Butler: “They contact me 1-2 times a week. They tell me to stay hungry, keep my grades up, and stay humble.”
Green Bay: “They were telling me how much they like me. They like my style of play and think I’d be a great fit for their team.”
Milwaukee: “They’ve been talking to my coaches. When I have talked to them, it’s been just keep my grades up and I can go wherever I want.”
Canady will run with the Wisconsin Playground Warriors during the travel season. Before the scholarship offers come his way, schools want to see a few minor improvements from Canady.
“They want to see my handle get better,” said Canady. “They want me to add a little weight and get stronger.”