Reggie Larry is at the stage in his basketball career where all he can ask for is a chance.
He is getting that chance this weekend as a member of the Idaho Stampede.
Sean Evans, Idaho's top rebounder and a consistent double-double threat, is nursing a wrist injury.
That left an open spot on Coach Mike Peck's bench. Larry was one of the Stampede's final cuts in training camp, so it made sense for Peck to reach out to Larry this week.
"Reggie's played at this level, and he's versatile," Peck said. "He rebounds very well, and he's strong. He was a tough one to let go, but a lot of it is numbers."
Turns out, a few months later, Larry's number has been called again.
"It's exciting," Larry said. "I was thinking that they were just going to need me to practice until Sean was healthy."
Larry played 45 games with the Stampede last season, and followed that run with some time playing ball in Australia.
"I learned a lot from Antoine (Walker) and Mikey (Moore) last year," Larry said. "They took me under their wings, and all I did was learn. And I worked on that all summer."
He returned to Idaho to attend the Stampede's training camp in the fall.
"I thought it was going to be my time," Larry said. "It didn't happen It just wasn't my time. But I wasn't going to let that stop me from doing what I want to do and knowing what I could do."
Larry remained in Boise, stayed in shape and took a few classes at Boise State (he said he is 18 credits away from his degree). Meanwhile, Larry, who has also played in Spain, France and the Philippines, waited for another opportunity to get on a professional basketball court.
"He's been through a lot in his pro career and he's still just plugging away and sticking with it," said Jason Ellis, who along with Coby Karl will be one of three Boise State products playing for the Stampede this weekend. "I commend Reggie a lot of that."
Peck said he was up-front with Larry about his short-term role with the team.
"I said, 'Hey, Reggie, here's kind of the deal. Sean's out, and when he gets back we'll probably release you,' " Peck said, adding that Evans is week to week. "And (Larry) said he was good with that. He's been great about it, and he's helped out a lot in practice this week."
Still, it does provide Larry a chance to get back on the court. He dressed for Saturday's game against Santa Cruz, but didn't play.
If he gets some playing time Sunday afternoon he will at least have some new game film for other teams around the NBA Developmental League.
"This is like a job opportunity, a chance to get something done and do the best I can do," Larry said.
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