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Miami (FL) Hurricanes: Shane Larkin Is the Team’s Sparkplug

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Shane Larkin has stormed onto the college basketball scene this season, becoming the Miami (FL) Hurricanes most important player. On a team featuring five quality seniors, Larkin often finds himself looking like the most experienced player on the court, leading the way for the 22-3 Hurricanes.

The sophomore guard is playing well beyond his years, which explains why after defeating the Virginia Cavaliers, coach Jim Larranaga described Larkin as, “incredible.”

The 5-foot-11 guard found himself in foul trouble in the first half against Virginia, and Miami struggled to find its offensive flow without their quarterback on the floor. The Cavaliers hung around, even taking the lead before Larkin stepped up to ensure the Hurricanes would avoid an upset loss.

He led the Hurricanes in scoring with 11 points to go along with six assists and three rebounds despite seeing limited action in the first half.

Larkin finds multiple ways to deliver an impact on the game, proven by his averages of 13.1 points, 4.3 assists, 4.1 rebounds, two steals and 48% shooting from the field. He’s tied for the lead in scoring for Miami with Durand Scott, along with being the leader in three-point shooting (42.2%).

More importantly, Larkin is the conference leader in steals while being third in assists, and is also fifth in the ACC in three-point shooting. Proving the second year guard is easily one of the best players in the entire conference.

On a team loaded with seniors, Larkin can easily be confused as the Hurricanes most experienced player. For that reason, there’s no doubt he is Miami’s sparkplug and as long as he can manage to stay on the court, the Hurricanes could find themselves still playing in April.

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