Shane Larkin is in the process of blazing his own trail on the hardwood. At this point, everyone is familiar with Larkin’s famous baseball playing father, Barry, but Shane is his own man. He is not a shortstop, he is a point guard -- and he is proving to be a very good one.
Larkin is coming off a junior season in which he averaged 19 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals per contest. For his efforts, Larkin was named First Team All-State, First Team All-Metro, First Team All-Central Florida, and runner-up 6A Player of the Year.
“Last season went well,” explained Larkin, “We started off 8-0 and was number one in the state. We went into the Tampa Classic Tourney a little overconfident and lost. That really changed our perspective. From that point on we never overlooked anyone. We played every game like it was a playoff game. We played hard the rest of the season and made it to the state title game. We just came up short there.”
Larkin, who cares more about team success than his individual accomplishments, feels he played well last season. “I started off the season great. I was averaging about 30 a game but then I went into a bit of a shooting slump. When I was in the slump I just kept working and doing anything I could to help us win. I was able to work my way out of that little slump.”
Larkin has made the transition to the point guard position and has really rounded out his game. “My overall game has gotten better. I set the school record for steals this season as well as increasing my assist and rebounding totals. The big thing that changed is my court leadership. When I was a sophomore, we had two seniors on the team we all looked up too. This year, I had to step up. I wanted to keep the team motivated. When games were tight I was the guy that got the team together and kept everyone focused. I have always felt like a leader, mostly by my actions, but this year I was more vocal.”
Thus far, Larkin has carried over his successful high school season into a huge start to the AAU season. “I’m playing good so far. I have had some big scoring games (44, 32, and 28 points) as well as some big assists games (13, 12, and 11). In the King James Tournament we went against the CP3 All-Stars who have P.J. Hariston and those guys and I think I more than held my own.” Larkin ended up with 28 points and 7 assists in that contest.
On the recruiting front, business is starting to pick up for Larkin. “I have offers from VCU, USF, George Mason, Central Florida, and Clemson. I am getting a lot of interest from Alabama, USC, Wake Forest, Florida State, Miami, and Florida. Duke also called my coach last week.”
So what does Larkin think of the Deacs? “I like them. The new coach called me the first week he took the job. Whoever comes at me the hardest will probably get me. Wake Forest is right there. I’m looking for a tight knit group to play with in college as well as somewhere that has a real family atmosphere. I don’t have a timetable for a decision, just whenever I find the right fit and situation.”
Larkin also stated he plans to attend both the Wake Forest Elite Camp and the CP3 Backcourt Skills Academy next month in Winston-Salem.