TOLONO — There was a time when Aaron Larson contemplated a future in baseball.
"I thought about it, but after talking with my parents, I decided to play basketball instead," the 6-foot-7 recent Unity graduate said.
It appears Larson made a good decision. He'll suit up for the North/South team at today's Class 1A/2A Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game at Illinois Wesleyan's Shirk Center. The IBCA first-team all-state selection earned the appointment after averaging 19.4 points and 10.9 rebounds for the Okaw Valley Conference champion Rockets, shooting 66.7 percent from the floor.
The IBCA game will be the second postseason showcase for Larson, after competing in The News-Gazette/Parkland College All-Area Boys' All-Star basketball game in April.
"They're fun, a lot of fun. It's great to get to know some of the other guys even if we haven't played with them before," Larson said. "They're all great players."
The IBCA All-Star Game is just one thing keeping Larson busy this summer. The Olivet Nazarene signee will head to the Bourbonnais campus a few times to assist with youth basketball camps. He's working at the Tolono Park District during the weekdays. And he hasn't given up baseball yet. The left-handed pitcher returned to the Champaign American Legion team to get one last fix on the diamond.
"The next four years, I'm going to miss baseball," he said. "I wanted to get that one last year in and play as long as I could until I had to leave for school."
At Olivet Nazarene, Larson will join a squad that finished 19-12 in 2011-12 and reached the championship game of the NAIA's Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
"I'm just really excited about the team we have and the guys," Larson said. "I'm hoping we can go pretty far."