After leading the Miami Hurricanes to both the ACC regular season and conference tournament championship and a subsequent berth in the Sweet 16, Shane Larkin will be skipping his last two years of eligibility. He will instead enter the 2013 NBA Draft, according to Andy Katz of ESPN.
Larkin has scheduled a press conference on campus for this Sunday at 6 p.m E.T., but it may be moved up now that his decision has been leaked. Then again, if he is having any second thoughts about leaving at all, he may just wait. Under new NCAA rules, once a player declares for the draft he is officially ineligible, and the deadline to declare is, you guessed it, on Sunday.
Growing up in the shadow of his Baseball Hall of Fame father, Barry Larkin, Shane made a name for himself on South Beach. The younger Larkin averaged 14.5 points, 4.6 assists and a mere 2.3 turnovers in leading the Canes to the best season in school history.
He was the frontrunner for ACC Player of the Year honors, but it instead went to Erick Green, a great player on a really bad, last-place Virginia Tech squad.
He was named a second-team AP All-American, but in very little time, none of it is going to matter anymore.
What will matter is his draft stock. As of writing, Larkin, at 5-foot-11 and 176 pounds, is seen as a late first-rounder by NBA expert Chad Ford. He possesses an explosive first step, but obviously he struggles against all the trees playing in the paint.
As for Miami, it may be a little while until fans can enjoy another season like 2012-13. Along with Larkin, coach Jim Larranaga’s squad loses seniors Durand Scott, Trey McKinney-Jones, Reggie Johnson, Kenny Kadji and Julian Gamble.