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Miami’s Shane Larkin is thinking about NCAA tournament, not NBA

Shane Larkin doesn’t want to think about the NBA. Yet. (Streeter Lecka / Getty Images)

Shane Larkin isn’t ready to think about the NBA. Yet.

That’s his father’s department.

“Now we’re getting a lot of inquiries about [Shane’s interest] in the NBA,” Barry Larkin, a Hall of Fame shortstop, told Bob Raisman of the New York Daily News. “His draft status has kind of skyrocketed, I guess. I’m actually fielding quite a few calls about what he’s going to do after the season.”

Larkin is a sophomore point guard for Jim Larranaga’s Miami team, which will play Friday in an NCAA tournament game against Pacific. A week ago, he told the Sun-Sentinel that he planned to return next year to Miami.

“I love playing for Coach L. Obviously, you want to go to the next level, but I love what I’m doing now,” he said. “I love all the players and I love everybody in the program and I love everybody at the school. So I don’t see any reason to take that next step.”

That hasn’t stopped the calls, though.

“I spoke to him about it and he had this response: ‘Dad, will you field those calls because I don’t want to be distracted. All I want to do is think about the NCAA tournament,’” Barry Larkin said. “I just started laughing because that’s exactly what I would have said. I didn’t really expect it from such a young man going through this.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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