Four-star floor general Shane Larkin is putting the finishing touches on an excellent junior season. The Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips High School point guard is now bringing in the offers, and is improving his game in a big way as he attracts high-major attention.
Despite playing much of the season with ligament strains in two of the fingers on his shooting hand, Larkin, 5-foot-11, 150-pounds, led his squad to a district championship. His improved play as an overall point guard has complimented his ability to score.
"For my high school team I have to do a lot of scoring as well as driving and kicking, so I am getting comfortable doing that," explained Larkin. "I think I am coming around good. The coaches are talking about how I am real good in transition and stuff, so I have been trying to prove that I am good in the half court and that I can be a true point guard."
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In terms of recruiting, there are numerous schools showing Larkin attention.
"It has been going good," he said. "I am hearing from Clemson, California, Minnesota, Harvard called, Virginia, Georgia, USF, Wake Forest, Cincinnati, VCU, George Mason, UCF, Georgia Tech, and some others."
Out of those schools, Larkin has offers from Clemson, South Florida, VCU, George Mason, and Central Florida.
"It is nice knowing that, but I am never satisfied with what I have," said Larkin about his offers. "It gives me a reason to work hard to get more scholarships and have more options on the table."
At the moment Larkin isn't close to a decision, and he doesn't have to look far for advice on how to handle the recruiting process. His father, Barry, was heavily recruited before going to Michigan to play baseball. A trio of uncles were all recruited at a national level as well. In fact his uncle Byron is in the top 20 all time on the NCAA scoring list.
"My dad has been telling me to take my time and look at all the schools and get as much information as I can," said Larkin about the family advice he receives. "He is telling me to look if the school is good academically and athletically, and to look at the fan base. My uncle went through it for basketball so he is telling me to sit back and take all the calls as them come, and to just choose the place that comes naturally to me.
"My uncle said to go to whatever program that fits me best with my style of play where I can play early. Location doesn't really matter, it is going to be whoever comes after me the hardest and plays my style of play."
As for what style of play, Larkin is definitely in search of a wide open style.
"Right now definitely an up tempo style fits me the best, pushing the ball on offense, and trapping on defense," he said. "Basically just somewhere that will let their point guard penetrate and kick."
Larkin is the No. 96 ranked prospect in the Rivals150.