Shane Larkin is the MVP of This Year's Miami (FL) Squad

By Anthony Lenahan
Steve Mitchell-USA Today Sports

Shane Larkin is the son of former Cincinnati Reds great Barry Larkin. The younger Larkin has done his best so far in continuing the family name when it comes to sports.  Except Shane puts the Larkin name on the map for basketball not on the diamond.

Miami (FL) is having an unbelievable season and Larkin is a large part of it. As the point guard, Larkin runs the show for the Hurricanes, but he does it at an extremely high level. He is only a sophomore and that just means he isn’t at his full potential yet. This kid just keeps getting better throughout the season and has really matured under Jim Larranaga.

Larkin averages 13 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals per game. Those numbers don’t quite jump off the page, but numbers don’t prove how much he means to this team. He only averages four assists per game, but that number is going to keep on increasing as the season moves along. Sure, 13 points is a solid number for a point guard, but it’s not an MVP caliber amount.

Miami is a team that shoots a lot of 3-point shots and Larkin shoots from the outside just as much as any of his teammate,  except he shoots it at 43 percent. That leads the team and it is huge to have a point guard who can shoot with such a high percentage from the outside.

While he is only averaging four assists, it doesn’t tell you how many plays he has created where he hasn’t recorded an assist. He is great off the dribble, can beat almost any defender off the bounce and force help defense to come, allowing kick outs to wide open shooters. That is just how Miami has been winning games. Larkin creates open shots and his teammates knock them down, whether it is directly from him or off of an extra pass from him.

Shane Larkin is one of the top five point guards in the country and he has the Miami Hurricanes rolling.

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