Larkin: He Gone

Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE

Barry's kid joins the mass exodus from the U.

Shane Larkin has gone from being best known for being baseball hall of famer Barry Larkin's kid (and having his hot mom cheering him from the stands, garnering numerous gratuitous camera shots), to being a likely first round pick in the NBA draft. He will test those NBA waters, his father announced today, leaving Miami with just a shell of the roster that won both the regular and conference tournament championship in the ACC for the first time in 2012-13.

Larkin is leaving along with seniors Durand Scott, Kenny Kadji, Julian Gamble, Reggie Johnson, and Trey McKinney-Jones. That strong supporting cast helped Larkin emerge from lightly regarded recruit (he was rated as the #28 point guard in his class by Scout and was not a top 100 prospect; VCU and Colorado were the only NCAA tournament caliber teams to offer him) to possible lottery pick in just two seasons. And the loss of all the talent makes going from first to worst a real possibility for Canes' head man Jim Larranaga.

Larkin was an all-ACC performer and a second team Associated Press all-American. He averaged 14.5 points and 4.6 assists (but also 2.3 turnovers) for the Canes. He led the ACC in both minutes played and steals a season ago. He shot over 40% from the bonusphere and only Duke's Mason Plumlee had more win shares (6.9 to 6.6).

Larkin joins N.C. State's Lorenzo Brown and C.J. Leslie, UNC's Reggie Bullock, and Maryland's Alex Len as early defections.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Backing The Pack

You must be a member of Backing The Pack to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Backing The Pack. You should read them.

Join Backing The Pack

You must be a member of Backing The Pack to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Backing The Pack. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker