A leader of Wilsonville's basketball team, Caleb Larsen has signed to compete at the NCAA D-II level

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Caleb Larsen is surrounded by his Wilsonville teammates after signing to compete with Concordia. Wilsonville—After four years of state finals appearances, and two state championship victories, one of Wilsonville's most consistent and strongest players makes the move to the collegiate level. On Monday, June 4 graduating senior Caleb Larsen signed a letter of intent to compete on the Concordia University basketball team.

"It feels amazing to sign to play college basketball at the D-2 level," Larsen said to the Spokesman over text. "It has been my dream to play college basketball my whole life."

Larsen competed in one of the most successful stretches in Wilsonville athletics history. As a freshman, Larsen went with the squad that narrowly lost to perennial championship contender Silverton. In the following two years, he and his team won back to back championships. As a senior, he once again made it to the state finals on the strength of a 17-game winning streak.

"I know that playing at the college level will be a huge step (up) and very challenging," Larsen said. "I will have to work as hard as I can every day to be the best I can be on and off the court. I expect to come in and work very hard against older more experienced college players every day, which will help me improve my game."

In Concordia's basketball program, Larsen will join a team that struggled last year. The Cavaliers went just 5-23, and only nabbed a single conference win all season. Larsen got to meet the coaching staff, and felt that it was the only choice to make.

"During the recruiting process I had a positive experience with all of the players and coaches I met," Larsen said. "There was just something a little different when I went to Concordia. I liked how welcoming the coaches and players were when I visited. I also really enjoyed the campus visit, and even the dorms they have. Concordia felt like a great fit as soon as I stepped foot on the campus."

While a student at Concordia, Larsen is still undecided on his major, but has an inkling as to where he wants to go.

"As of right now I am still undecided on what I will be majoring in at Concordia, but I am contemplating a degree in business or health care administration."

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