Shooting the basketball from long range has always been his biggest asset.

In Saturday's Indiana High School Athletic Association/Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Underclassman Showcase at Ben Davis, La Porte's Garrott Ott-Large reinforced that, while also showing he's got more than one trick in the bag.

"Personally, I thought I played well as a whole," Ott-Large said. "My dad said I shot like six of 13 from 3. My mindset was I was going to play as hard as I can, whether my shots were falling or not. I was going to show the coaches, the players that I'm going to play my hardest on the floor no matter what's going on in the game. There were 90, 100 (college) coaches there,so I made sure I was locked in, if I was tired or not, playing good defense, passing, doing all the other things."

The 120 incoming juniors and seniors were divided into 10-player teams with Ott-Large part of a group with Merrillville's Keon Thompson and Gary West Side's rising Jalen Washington, a junior who has already picked up offers from Purdue and Indiana. After drill work, stations and a shootaround, the teams all played three games.

"We played fairly well together for not knowing each other," Ott-Large said.

Ott-Large spoke to a few coaches at the gym, then heard from a few afterward. He's attending a prospect showcase at Division II Malone in Canton, Ohio, today.

"Obviously Division I is the goal," he said. "But if I don't go D-I, I won't be crushed. D2, NAIA, D3, it's all good basketball. Personally, I'm looking for a good fit for me to develop not only as a basketball player, but as a person and in the classroom, too. When I graduate from college, I want to know what I'm going to do with my life after basketball."

After a short break from playing, Ott-Large will travel to Birmingham and Los Angeles for Adidas tournaments with EG 10 AAU team. He recently returned from La Porte's team trip to the Wisconsin Dells, where the Slicers went 5-1, raising optimism for the 19-20 season.

"We just ran out of gas in our last game," he said. "We've got a lot of key guys returning and everybody's better than year before. Our goal is to be the best in the DAC and obviously winning a sectional. It's a tough conference and tough sectional. Everybody's a challenge, but with the right mindset and hard work, we can do it. We all get along so well. They know I'll go to war for them and know they'll go to war for me."

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