Shane Larkin has not decided whether to return to the University of Miami for his junior season or enter the NBA Draft, according to his father, Baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin.
“Anybody reporting anything else is inaccurate and doesn’t have the proper information,” the elder Larkin said by phone Saturday afternoon. “Shane has asked me to gather as much information as I can and talk to as many people as I can to find out the interest level from the NBA and projections of where he might be drafted. Once we have all that information, the decision will ultimately be Shane’s. He has until April 28 to decide. We will support him either way.”
UM coach Jim Larrañaga said he will offer whatever guidance he can. “I expect Shane and his family to do the research they need to do to make a good decision, whatever’s best for him and his future,” he said.
Larkin has until 11:59 p.m. April 28 to declare for the draft.
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There is an April 10 deadline for athletes who want to be reviewed by the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee, and those athletes have until April 16 to withdraw their names if they want to preserve their NCAA eligibility.
Last year, in an effort to help college coaches who were in limbo while their players “tested the NBA waters,” the NCAA instituted a proposal that states: “Student-athletes interested in ‘testing the waters’ of the NBA draft [are required] to remove their name from consideration before the first day of the spring National Letter of Intent signing period.”
The first day of the spring National Letter of Intent signing period is April 17, meaning any player who enters the NBA Draft before then must remove his name by April 16 in order to keep his collegiate eligibility. But athletes who don’t enter their names with the advisory committee can take until April 28 to make their decision without jeopardizing their NCAA eligibility.
Larkin averaged 14.5 points and 4.6 assists his sophomore season. He was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year and is one of five finalists for the Cousy Award for the nation’s top point guard. The other finalists are Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State), Matthew Dellavedova (Saint Mary’s), Michael Carter-Williams (Syracuse) and Trey Burke (Michigan). The winner will be announced during the Final Four.