By Jeff Goodman
Shane Larkin left DePaul a couple weeks ago, saying he had a “medical condition that required him to be closer to his Orlando home.”
The talented freshman, who had a legitimate shot to crack the starting lineup for Oliver Purnell this season, has decided to transfer to Miami – sources told CBSSports.com.
The 5-foot-11 Larkin is the son of former Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin and could have started alongside Brandon Young in Purnell’s backcourt.
Now he’ll be just a few hours from home and the beneficiary of his mystery medical condition is new Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga.
Larkin already spent part of the summer in classes at DePaul, so it’s likely he’ll have to sit out this season. However, expect him and Miami to appeal the NCAA in hopes he would be eligible this season.
Sources told CBSSports.com that Larkin participated in the majority of DePaul’s 10 practices that led up to the team’s current trip overseas – and he also passed a physical in mid-June.
Whether he is eligible this season or next, this is a nice addition for Larranaga – who will lose senior guard Malcolm Grant after this season and could wind up losing junior Durand Scott as well.