If Shane Larkin has been on a sports fan’s radar, it’s mostly because he’s the son of Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin. After his breakout game against North Carolina this weekend, it’s time to recognize him as one of college basketball’s rising stars.
Miami can be an afterthought in the tradition-rich ACC, but the Hurricanes are a top-10 team this season and the sophomore point guard is one of the chief reasons why. On a nationally-televised game Feb. 9, Larkin dropped 18 points and nine assists on the Tar Heels as Miami smacked UNC 87-61. For the season, he’s averaging 13 points, four rebounds and four assists per game.
What’s even more impressive is his long-range accuracy. The sharpshooter has been averaging a blistering 43 percent from behind the arc (he had five against North Carolina).