BUCKHANNON — Former West Virginia Wesleyan guard Marcus Larsson has officially signed a professional contract with Wetterbygden in Huskvarna, Sweden.
Wetterbygden plays in the top Swedish professional league, known as Svenska Basketligan, or SBL. Last season, Wetterbydgen finished fifth in the SBL at 17-16 before this season was cut short due to COVID-19.
In three seasons for the Bobcats, Larsson tallied 260 points, many of which came from his 54 three-point field goals. Similar to his career in the Orange & Black, Wetterbydgen will have Larsson in a spark-off-the-bench role to begin his career, looking for him to add energy with his hustle and three-point shooting.
Larsson will also be playing for his hometown team when he suits up at the Huskvarna Sports Hall, as he attended high school down the street at Sandagymasiet.
“I am looking forward to playing the game as a full-time job,” remarked Larsson about playing professionally in his home country. “Not to say college basketball was not extremely demanding, but there are still restrictions around how much you are allowed to practice, play, etc. Playing against grown men who are fighting for their own and their families' livelihoods will be an experience that will push me greatly outside of my comfort zone. I also have not played in front of my family in the past five years, so being able to play a few games where they can come see me play in person will be very special for me.”
Larsson said this he wants to take his basketball career as far is it take him but is preparing for life outside of the game as well.
“Regarding my basketball career, I want to take it as far as I can go. Hopefully, I am able to play at a competitive professional level for the next eight to 10 years. Outside of basketball, I plan on pursuing a master’s degree within the international relations field. I have currently applied to several online masters programs that will allow me to study and play professional basketball at the same time. Several universities in Sweden also take part in an initiative called Elitidrottsvänligt Lärosäte, which translates into English as Professional Athlete Friendly Teaching. This entails that certain universities are obligated to accommodate the needs of professional athletes who want to pursue higher education. My goal is to walk away from the game of basketball as educated as I can possibly be and to be competent enough to work within the field of international relations upon retirement.”
Larsson is Wesleyan’s second basketball player to turn pro as Tanner McGrew '’16 is currently with FC Porto in Portugal.