Selected by the Lakers in the first round (27th overall) of the 2015 NBA Draft.
2015-16: Played in 63 games (22 starts) and averaged 5.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.86 steals and 0.37 blocks in 20.1 minutes … Reached double-figures in scoring nine times … Had five games of 10+ rebounds … Tallied three double-doubles … Finished 3rd among rookies in FG% (.527) and 10th in rebounds per game (5.0) … Recorded a career-high six steals 1/14 at GSW, becoming the first Lakers rookie since Eddie Jones (11/8/1994 at NYK) to have at least six takeaways in a game … Grabbed six offensive rebounds 1/1 vs. PHI, and followed up the next game with 10 defensive caroms 1/3 vs. PHX, marking career-bests … Had 15 points and 14 rebounds on 7-10 shooting 1/3 vs. PHX … Notched third career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds 1/10 vs. UTA … Tied a career-high with three blocks 3/18 vs. PHX … Scored six points with five rebounds in his NBA debut 11/6 at BKN … Went a perfect 6-6 from the field for 13 points with three rebounds 11/11 at ORL … Made first career start 12/7 at TOR, totaling six points, six rebounds and three blocks … Had a career-high 17 points (8-12 FG) with 11 rebounds and two steals 12/27 at MEM …Missed 14 total games: One with tendonitis in the right knee (10/28), and 13 as result of a sore right knee (1/17-1/23, 1/31-2/10, 3/2, 3/22, 4/5) … DNP-CD three times … Inactive twice
Finished 5th in Wyoming history in steals (141) and blocks (135), 8th in games played (123), 9th in rebounds (807) and blocks per game (1.1), 13th in games started (90), and 16th in points (1,386) … Became the 33rd Cowboy to reach 1,000 career points … Posted 63 doublefigure point games, including 17 games with more than 20 points, and 18 double-doubles for his career … Senior (2014-15): Led Wyoming to a Mountain West tournament title and its first NCAA tournament since 2001-02 … Named to the All-Mountain West First Team, All-Defensive Team and was Mountain West co-Defensive Player of the Year … Selected to the Mountain West All-Tournament team … In 31 games, averaged 16.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.2 blocks, and 1.2 steals in 34.9 minutes … Contracted mononucleosis in mid-February of senior season … Notched seven double-doubles during the season, including 25 games in double-figure points and seven games with double-figure rebounds … Had 10 games with 20 or more points, including a season-high 31 points 12/23 at Montana State … Junior (2013-14): Started 26 games for Wyoming before suffering a season-ending torn ACL in his right knee against Fresno State on 2/18 … Despite the shortened season, named to the All-MW First Team, Wyoming’s first since 2008-09, and to the MW All-Defensive Team … Notched nine games with double-figure rebounds and eight double-doubles … Top season performance was a career-high 38 points, 12 rebounds, and two steals in 40 minutes at Denver 12/15 … Sophomore (2012-13): Started 33 games for Wyoming in 2012-13, missing just one contest with a wrist injury … Averaged 10.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 1.2 assists, and 0.7 blocks per game, while shooting a team-high 53% from the field … Ranked in the top 10 of six Mountain West statistical categories, including sixth in defensive rebounds at 5.0 per game … His 10.7 points and 6.9 rebounds during 2012-13 were nearly identical to what his father, Larry Nance Sr., averaged during his sophomore season (11.1 points and 7.2 rebounds in 1978-79) at Clemson … Freshman (2011-12): Played in all 33 games and averaged 4.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 18 minutes of action per game … Led the Cowboys in free throw percentage at .814, ranked second in rebounds, and third in field goal percentage at .462.
High School History
Parents are Larry Sr. and Jaynee Nance … Has an older sister, Casey (25), who played basketball at the University of Dayton and a younger brother, Pete (15) … Larry Sr., a three-time NBA All-Star, NBA All-Defensive First Team member and winner of the inaugural NBA Slam Dunk Contest in 1984, played 13 seasons in the NBA … Graduated with a degree from Wyoming in criminal justice … Considers his greatest personal achievements to date as graduating college and getting drafted by the Lakers … Prized possession is his Mountain West Championship ring … Played for the Revere High School Minutemen prior to Wyoming, leading his team to consecutive Suburban League Championship games his final two seasons, while being named Second Team All-Ohio, First Team All-Suburban League and First Team All-District following senior season … The two league championships were the first for Revere High School since 1976 … Was Revere’s team MVP and left as the all-time leader in blocked shots for a career, season and game … Didn’t play organized basketball until he was 13 … Stood 5’11” and played guard as a high school freshman … Diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease as a sophomore in high school but has excelled despite it … Looks up to former NFL quarterback David Garrard, who was diagnosed with Crohn’s in 2004 while playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars … Favorite actress is Jessica Alba and favorite TV show is The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air … Is an avid video gamer … Spends the offseason going to the beach.