Elías "Larry" Ayuso
(born in March 27, 1977, in the Bronx, New York) is a Puerto Rican professional basketball player. Ayuso has played in the NCAA and the National Superior Basketball League of Puerto Rico (BSN) with Arecibo Captains, San German Athletics, Quebradillas Pirates, and the Santurce Crabbers. Ayuso particiapted in 2003 Pre-Season Training Camp of the San Antonio Spurs and the 2006 Pre-Season Training Camp with the Denver Nuggets of the NBA. Ayuso has played internationally with Montegranaro in Italy, Ionikos in Greece, Beşiktaş in Turkey, Spartak St. Petersburg in Russia, the Zalgiris Kaunas in Lithuania, and the KK Split in Croatia. Ayuso is a member of the Puerto Rican National Basketball Team since 2001.
Position Shooting guard
League A1 Liga
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Team KK Split
Nationality Puerto Rico
Born March 27, 1977 (1977-03-27) (age 30)
the Bronx, New York, U.S.
Draft Not drafted
Ayuso led the BSN in scoring in 2002 with 703 points and a 24.2 PPG average
During the summer of 2004, Ayuso was a member of the 2004 Puerto Rican National Team that participated in the 2004 Olympics which defeated the United States.
In 2005, Ayuso helped the Captains win their first title since 1959 when Arecibo beat the Bayamón Cowboys in four games at the BSN finals.
During the summer of 2006, Ayuso was a member of the 2006 Puerto Rican National Team that participated in the 2006 FIBA World Championship. Ayuso scored 106 points with a 21.2 PPG and shot a .629 3-point percentage during the tournament. Ayuso finished tied for fourth in PPG in the 2006 Worlds. Due to his outstanding performance during the 2006 Worlds the Denver Nuggets invited him to the 2006 Training Camp and was added to the Pre-Season roster.
In February 2007, Ayuso signed with the KK Split of the Croatian A1 League.
During the summer of 2007, Ayuso joined the Santurce Crabbers of the BSN before joining the Puerto Rican National Team.
Ayuso is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in social science
1995-1996: New Mexico JC
1996: Piratas de Quebradillas (PUR-BSN) 27g 8.6ppg 1.4rpg 0.6apg
1996-1997: USC (NCAA)
1997: Piratas de Quebradillas (PUR-BSN) 17g 6.4ppg 1.9rpg 0.4rpg
1997-1998: USC (NCAA)
1999: Piratas de Quebradillas (PUR-BSN) 28g 10.3ppg 1.7rpg 1.0apg
2000: Humacao Grays (1T)
2000: Atleticos de San German (PUR-BSN) 28g 16.2ppg 3.0rpg 1.7apg
2000: drafted by Tampa Bay ThunderDawgs (USA-ABA,8rd(72))
2001: Atleticos de San German (PUR-BSN,1T): 23ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.8apg
2001-2002: In Oct.'01 signed with Premiata Calzatura Montegranaro (ITA-Lega2): 28 games: 17.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 13ast, 1.3spg
2002: Atleticos de San German (PUR-BSN): Score-1(24.2), Free-4(86.4%), "3"-1(4.6), 3.4rpg, 1.9apg
2002-2003: Grand Rapids Hoops (CBA,1T): 25 games: 22.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.1apg, 1.5spg, then in Jan.'03 joined Ionikos N.F. Thessaloniki (GRE-A1): 15 games: 20.9ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.6apg, 12steals
2003: Atleticos de San German (PUR-BSN) 4g 19.5ppg 4.5rpg 3.7apg
2003-2004: San Antonio Spurs (NBA): waived in Oct.'03, later that month signed at Besiktas Istanbul (TUR-D1): 24 games: 17.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.3apg
2004: In May signed at Atleticos de San German (BSN)
2004-2005: Spartak St.Petersburg (RUS-A Superleague): released in Oct.'04 before the season started
2005: Capitanes de Arecibo (BSN,1T): 31 games: Score-3(23.9ppg), 3.5rpg, 2.7apg, Steals-2(1.5spg), 2FGP: 46.0%, 3FGP-1(39.0%), FT: 88.0%
2005-2006: Dallas Mavericks (NBA), pre-season games, then joined B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LTU-LKL): Euroleague: 8 games: 10.2ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 35.4%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 63.1%; Baltic League: 8 games: 13.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 33.3%; Lithuanian League: 5 games: 16.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.6spg, left in Jan.'06
2006: Capitanes de Arecibo (PUR-BSN)
2006-2007: Denver Nuggets (NBA), left before the season started, in Jan.'07 joined KK Split (CRO-A1,1T): Adriatic League: 5 games: 12.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.4apg, 1.0spg
2007: In June signed at Cangrejeros de Santurce (PUR-BSN,1T)
Puerto Rican National Team -99-07
Puerto Rican PRSBL All Star Game -01
Centrobasket -01 (Champion) ,03 (Champion)
Tournament of the Americas (Copa America) –01(Semifinals), 03, 05
Puerto Rican BSN Semifinalist -01
"Suiza Fruit" 3pts shooting contest at Puerto Rican All-Star Game -2002
World Championships in Indianapolis (USA) -02
CBA All-Star Game -03
CBA All-Star Game Long Distance Shootout Finalist -03
Greek A1 All-Star Game -03
Pan American Games -03(Bronze Medal)
Puerto Rican BSN Semifinals -03, 06
Eurobasket.com Turkish League All-Imports 2nd Team -04
Turkish League Semifinals -04
Olympic Games in Athens -04
Centrobasket in Santo Domingo -04 (Finalist)
Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Player of the Year -05
Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Guard of the Year -05
Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Domestic Player of the Year -05
Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN 1st Team -05
Latinbasket.com Puerto Rican BSN All-Domestic Players Team -05
Puerto Rican BSN Champion -05
Centrobasket -06: (Bronze): 5 games: 16.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 70.8%, 3PT: 46.4%, FT: 57.9%
World Championships in Japan -06: 5 games: 21.2ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 55%, 3FGP: 62.9%, FT: 78.3%
Puerto Rican BSN All-Star Game -06
Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Import Player of the Year -07
Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League 1st Team -07
Eurobasket.com Croatian A1 League All-Imports Team -07
I know he once made it in the NBA by playing with the Spurs but he never earn minutes. He is one of my favorite International Players and the real star player of the Puerto Rican National Team.
Can he make it in the NBA at age 30 yrs.old??? He is a great shooter and can be decent back up to teams who lack an outside gunner. Ayuso reminded me of a prime David Wesley when he was playing for the Charlotte Hornets, a streaky shooter despite being a little bit undersize.
One of the few players that team USA needs to guard tightly because when Larry is Hot, he is very difficult to stop.
We can see alot of Ayuso in the 2007 FIBA Americas Tournament