NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Miami PG Shane Larkin
|06.17.13 at 1:50 pm ET|
As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2013 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their lone selection at No. 16.
Position: Point guard
Weight: 176 pounds
Achievements: AP/ESPN/NABC All-America second team (2103), ACC Player of the Year (2013), All-ACC first team (2013), ACC Tournament MVP (2013), Lute Olson National Player of the Year (best non-freshman) (2013), Bob Cousy Award finalist (top point guard) (2013), All-ACC freshman team (2012)
Key 2012-13 stats: 14.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.0 steals, 40.6 percent 3-point shooting percentage
What he brings: Larkin drew high marks as a point guard in his time with the Hurricanes. Even though he is a bit smaller than some of his peers, Larkin makes up for it with his quickness and accurate shooting. Analysts note that he improved his passing ability in his second year, and he is especially dangerous shooting and passing on the pick and roll.
His size, including a wingspan of 5 feet, 10.75 inches, could present problems on the defensive end, but he is generally regarded as one of the most all-around athletic potential first-round choices. His 44-inch vertical leap was second best in the history of the NBA combine. Larkin does not seem to have any character issues, much of which is attributed to him learning how to act professionally and handle the spotlight from his father, Barry Larkin, the Cincinnati Reds’ Hall of Fame shortstop.
Notes: Originally set to attend DePaul, the homesick Larkin left after just a few practices in August 2011, citing an unspecified family medical issue as reason to be immediately eligible at closer-to-home Miami. … Aside from his father’s successful baseball career, three of Larkin’s uncles also played big-time college sports: Byron Larkin (Xavier basketball), Mike Larkin (Notre Dame football) and Steve Larkin (Texas baseball).
Video: Courtesy of the ACC, here are highlights of Larkin at Miami.