The Miami Hurricanes made a nice showing in the 2013 NCAA tournament, and many did take notice of point guard Shane Larkin. The son of former Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin, Shane possesses many of the same traits his Hall of Fame father did: quickness, leadership—and excellence.
Those noticeable differences have had teams speculating that Larkin may be far more than a good backup in the NBA. After the NCAA tournament, he was still considered an “early second rounder” by many.
But that has changed. As of time of issue (Jun 10 2013), Larkin has shot up to No. 14 on the NBADraft.net big board. People are taking notice of Larkin, and the Utah Jazz are slated to draft with the last lottery pick. No one would have speculated that they’d be adding Larkin to their backcourt to replace Mo Williams, and yet now is such the case.
What it all leads to is this overwhelming conclusion: Rob Hennigan must consider the former Hurricane. Not only would Larkin have a large contingent of fans supporting him due to his Miami affiliation, but his hard work and leadership would win over Magic fans.
Hennigan will give Larkin consideration, but he is currently the fourth ranked point guard in the draft. Trey Burke, C.J. McCollum and Michael Carter Williams are all expected to be taken ahead of Larkin at this point.
The Magic have shown a desire to workout point guards, and to take a deep evaluation of the talent at the 1-spot in this draft class. Next year the crop is full of stars, including the guy the Magic were said to originally covet, Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State.
It may be a foregone conclusion that Hennigan gives Larkin a look, but without obtaining another pick or trading down significantly, the Magic will miss out on the semi-local product from South Beach.