By BRAD KEITH
Published: Friday, June 6, 2008 11:07 AM CDT
Larry Petite was looking for a way out. Basketball was his best chance.
Growing up in the ghetto of Southeastern Fort Worth, Petite was raised by a single mother. With four siblings, he had to maintain a part-time job, which he balanced with his school work and basketball.
For the Fort Worth Arlington Heights senior who graduates this weekend, signing a national letter-of-intent to take his game to the collegiate level at Tarleton State was a dream come true.
“Larry has had a real tough upbringing, and this is a great opportunity for him,” said Arlington Heights head basketball coach Gary Collier. “Stephenville is a world away for him, but at the same time it’s close enough to home that he can be here anytime he needs to.”
Tarleton announced the signing of Petite, a 6-0, 185-pound guard, for the 2008-09 season on Wednesday afternoon, adding him to a recruiting class that already includes junior college transfer Tyler Rushing and NCAA Division I move-in Jean-Marc Melchior. Head coach Lonn Reisman is expected to release at least three more signees in the coming weeks, and says he may add as many as six more.
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