He is the son of Major League Baseball hall of famer, Barry Larkin, who always thought that Shane was destined for a dusty sandlot and Louisville Slugger.
The younger Larkin gave up on baseball after struggling in the little leagues and decided to pursue a dream on the court. He hasn’t looked back since.
“It kind of crushed me,” said his father in an interview with the Associated Press. “I laugh about it now, but I’ll tell you, I was bent out of shape about it.
The Miami Hurricanes are No. 8 in the nation, and 9-0 within the conference. Larkin is averaging 12.8 points, 4.1 assists, and 2.3 steals per game. He was named ACC player of the week after big victories over North Carolina State and Virginia Tech, quietly becoming the focal point of Jim Larranaga’s squad.
I’m sure there are plenty of people in Coral Gables that are happy with his decision.
On Thursday, Larkin was named one out of 12 finalists for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of The Year Award.
He has earned it. If you have watched a Miami basketball game this season, it is evident that Larkin possesses a great defensive skill set and has the ability to force turnovers. His offensive game isn’t too shabby either. He shined in the national spotlight putting up 18 points and five assists against the Duke Blue Devils, and dropped another 25 against the Hokies.
Now, on a championship caliber college basketball team, Larkin is carving his own legacy.
“Growing up, people said my dad bought everything, bought my success, and that made me push harder,” he told the Miami Herald. “Now I’m being recognized, it’s a great feeling.”
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