Shane Larkin - the University of Miami standout who helped lead Jim Larranaga's 2012-2013 squad to ACC tournament and regular season titles, as well as a dramatic push into the Sweet 16 at the NCAA tournament - is heading to the NBA.
Last night in Brooklyn at the league's draft (also known as the sporting world's equivalent to sitting in a I-95 traffic jam at 5:00), Larkin was chosen as the 18th overall pick by the Atlanta Hawks. He's also getting his first experience as a human chess piece in the league's byzantine backroom negotiations and on-air guesswork.
Larkin was a Hawk in name only. After a trade for the 16th overall pick involving two hops, the point guard will land in Dallas. The Mavs' staff is roping Larkin with comparisons to J.J. Barea. From ESPN:
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"I don't think he and Barea are exact duplicates, but we've missed the last couple of years the element that Barea brought to the game here," coach Rick Carlisle said. "Being able to get to the rim, being able to get it going from 3, the resourcefulness and some of those types of things.
"Shane's going to bring some of those types of things."
Obviously, it's a great development for Larkin -- playing on a team with a championship in the not too distant past, not to mention the opportunity to hoop with Dirk Nowitzki. All the more so considering he was looking at going to the cellar-dwelling Hawks.
But the hoops prognosticators are already grumbling that Larkin might be a key piece in a roster shuffle involving everyone's least favorite headache, Dwight Howard. The Mavs might need to free up elbow room to sign the
star crybaby asshole player this summer.
Larkin's the first Hurricane to be selected in the draft since 2010, when Dwayne Collins went to Phoenix.