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Miami Hurricanes’ Shane Larkin to announce future plans Sunday

 

mkaufman@MiamiHerald.com

All the speculation about Shane Larkin’s future will end at 6 p.m. Sunday, when the University of Miami sophomore guard has a news conference scheduled to announce whether he will return for his junior basketball season or leave for the NBA.

“Don’t listen to whoever put the rumor out there that I declared,” Larkin posted on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon. “It isn’t true. I will make an announcement Sunday at 6 about my future.”

Two NBA scouts said they expect him to bolt. It seems more likely Larkin would turn pro than stay in school because he is predicted to be a late first-round or early second-round pick by most draft analysts. His stock went up a notch after Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart decided to return to college. If Larkin comes back to UM, he would be the only returning starter from the team that reached the Sweet 16.

Larkin’s father, Baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, said nobody but his son knows what he plans to do.

“I’ve just gathered information for him because that’s all he asked me to do,” Barry Larkin said. “He has not asked for my advice, and I don’t want to sway him. This decision is entirely on him.”

If he leaves, UM might find a replacement in Kansas State transfer Angel Rodriguez, a native of Puerto Rico who left the Wildcats to be closer to his family. He hopes to find a new home with the Hurricanes, and a source said he plans to meet with UM coaches next week. Rodriguez, who was second-team All-Big 12 Conference as a sophomore, played at Miami Krop High and has many ties to Miami. He would probably have to sit out the 2013-14 season per NCAA transfer rules.

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