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Shane Larkin

  • Full Name: Shane Larkin
  • Position: Point Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-0 / 171
  • Birthdate: October 2, 1992
  • College: Miami
Atlanta Hawks (Traded to Dallas Mavericks on draft night) Round 1: Pick 18
 

- Eighteenth Pick: Shane Larkin

Strengths
- Excellent 3-point shooter
- Good passer
- Good defender who gets a lot of steals
- Athletic
- Good ball handler
- Elevates play of teammates

Weaknesses
- Lack of size/length

NBA projection
Most mock drafts list Larkin as a late first-round pick. He doesn’t have ideal NBA size, but he’s a true point guard who can make those around him better. Larkin is a good shooter, a solid passer and a scrappy defender who comes up with steals. So his complete package is what will interest NBA teams that don’t have a concern about the fact he’s under six feet.

2012-13 Season
Larkin was chosen to several All-American teams and was a near-unanimous pick for first-team All-ACC after leading Miami in scoring, assists, steals and 3-point percentage. He helped guide the Hurricanes to the ACC regular-season and tournament championships, a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament and a trip to the Sweet 16.

Key statistics
14.5 ppg | 3.8 rpg | 4.5 apg | 2.2 tpg | 36.4 mpg | .479 FG | .506 3PT | .777 FT

Cool statistic
Larkin doubled his scoring average and assist totals from his freshman season (7.4 ppg, 81) to his sophomore season (14.5 ppg, 164).

Reminds me of...
D.J. Augustin

What Insiders Say
Miami coach Jim Larranaga
“We have five seniors, they're basically like five starters and they do a fantastic job together, but by adding Shane to that group, he added an element that allows all of them to play better. He's so good at what he does. A lot of times you'll see him in the first half try to get the ball to Kenny [Kadji] or Durand [Scott] or Trey [McKinney-Jones] or Rion [Brown] and then in the second half he starts to pick his spots to attack and score or find the open man.”

What Outsiders Say
Illinois coach John Groce
(Comparing Larkin to Michigan’s Trey Burke): “Both of them can score. Whether it's the 3‑point shot, the mid-range shot, or getting to the rim. When you do foul them, both of them make free throws. They're very well rounded scoring players.The second part that makes them similar is they have the ability to make guys better around them with the pass.”

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch