This Larkin Excels On The Hardwood

Shane Larkin could have followed in his father's footsteps but he didn't receive good advice before Little League. Now, he's carved out his own path on the hardwood.

The reality of the situation is Shane Larkin was a good hitting coach away from following his father's footsteps and becoming a baseball player.

"I was pretty good at baseball when I was seven," Larkin said. "I was trained by Pete Rose who taught me how to hit. Then I played little league and the coach told me whoever taught me how to hit taught me wrong."

Larkin found out first hand that "Charlie Hustle" had a unique style and it didn't work for everyone. Nevertheless, the son of former Cincinnati Reds great Barry Larkin traded the diamond for the hardwood and found his calling.

The 5-foot-11 point guard out of Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips is going to be a good college player. He'll be the best point guard to emerge from his high school since Chris Warren.

He has offers from VCU, Clemson (Purnell's regime), Central Florida, South Florida and George Mason. "It's still VCU, probably the hardest Larkin said. "That's the school I like the most."

He's visited Miami and South Florida. Duke, Alabama, UCLA, USC, Harvard, Marquette, Wake Forest, Florida State and Florida remain in touch with him.

Larkin knows this summer will decide what level and which type of school pursues him wire to wire.

"It's big. I feel like I have a lot to prove. Last summer I was thought of more as a small shooting guard. Now I'm trying to show everyone that I can run a team and be a true point guard."

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