Joe Caporoso continues our ongoing prospect breakdown series with a look at Miami point guard Shane Larkin. Make sure to check out the rest of the series linked above in preparation for the June 27th NBA Draft.
Shane Larkin was a productive Guard for one of college basketball’s most exciting teams in 2012-2013, the Miami Hurricanes. He finished the season averaging 14.5 points per game, 4.6 assists, and 3.8 rebounds, all while shooting 40% from three-point range and 48% from the field. At 5-11, 176 pounds he could be an intriguing addition to the New York Knicks backcourt, if he lasts until the 24th overall pick.
Despite being undersized, Larkin has terrific athleticism as he boasted a 44-inch vertical leap at the NBA Draft combine and shows good speed up and down the court. He has the ball-handling ability and offensive mindset to be an immediate contributor as a scoring threat off the bench in a combo-guard role…something the Knicks could absolutely use.
There are valid concerns about Larkin’s size and ability to defend at the next level. His game still lacks polish at certain times and he could be overextended if immediately put into a starting, high-volume use role. However, his natural feel for working off the pick and roll should be something that appeals to the Knicks and they’d allow him a situation where he can start out as the 8th or 9th man and gradually work his way into more playing time. The athleticism of having Larkin and Iman Shumpert on the court at the same time is beyond exciting to think about.
It would be surprising if Larkin was still on the board at #24 but if he happens to fall, it’d be terrific value for the Knicks to scoop him up and fill an area of need.