Posted on: August 16, 2011 10:01 am
Edited on: August 16, 2011 10:02 am
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.
Posted on: August 8, 2011 9:06 am
Edited on: August 8, 2011 9:08 am
By Jeff Goodman
Posted on: August 4, 2011 3:59 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2011 9:52 am
By Jeff Goodman
DePaul is a difficult enough rebuilding job.
Oliver Purnell can ill-afford setbacks like this one.
Freshman Shane Larkin, a potential starter, won’t be with the program due to a medical condition that “requires him to be closer to his Orlando home.”
"At this time, the best situation for my well-being is to remain in Florida,” Larkin said. “I appreciate everything Coach Purnell and the staff have done to support me at this time.''
Purnell has brought in a class that included five freshmen and transfer Donnavan Kirk from Miami.
However, Larkin – the son of former Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin - may have been the highest-regarded of the frosh.
He was a 5-foot-11 point guard who can shoot the ball and would have likely thrived in Purnell’s up-tempo system. He could have played alongside Brandon Young in the backcourt.
Instead, he will return closer to home – and sources have told CBSSports.com that Jim Larranaga and Miami could be the front-runner.
Larkin also considered Central Florida the first time around.
Posted on: May 13, 2011 4:35 pm
Edited on: May 13, 2011 4:39 pm
Posted by Jeff Borzello
The class of 2013 is going to be known for its depth at the wing position, and one player making his way up the rankings is Sindarius Thornwell.
Thornwell, a 6-foot-4 sophomore from Lancaster (S.C.), makes an immediate impact because of his length and athleticism. He handles the ball and distributes well for someone his size, and is also adept at finishing.
“I’m quick and I can handle the ball,” Thornwell said. “I’m always attacking and I play defense.”
Plenty of colleges have taken notice of the versatile 2013 prospect.
Thornwell currently holds offers from South Carolina, Clemson, Tennessee State, Georgia Southern and Charlotte. He also has interest from Louisville, UCF and the entire ACC besides North Carolina and Duke.
Thornwell, who has visited Clemson and South Carolina, knows exactly what he needs in a school.
“I’m looking for playing style, good academics and playing time,” he said. “That’s it.”
2013 big man looking to improve
Most 6-foot-10 sophomores can get by on size and length alone. Andre Walker, on the other hand, is constantly looking to get better.
As it stands, he is a talented but raw big man who can run the floor and finish after he catches it.
“I need to make strong moves and play better defense,” Walker said. “I need to get better, get stronger. I also want to work on my perimeter game. I’m working hard.”
The Clarksburg (Md.) native is hearing from DePaul, Washington State, VCU, Northwestern, George Mason and Maryland.
Whitfield transfers to team with Tyler Lewis
North Carolina is loaded with prospects in the class of 2012. One player flying under the radar is Shane Whitfield, a 6-foot-5 forward.
In an attempt to make a name for himself, Whitfield is transferring next year to Forsyth Country Day School (N.C.). There, he will team up with North Carolina State commit Tyler Lewis in hopes of increasing his recruitment.
“It’s better competition,” Whitfield said. “I want to get better everyday.”
Right now, Whitfield has offers from Delaware, American, Campbell and Holy Cross, with interest from Richmond, Charlotte and East Carolina.
- A Texas team in need of impact players could pick up one this weekend. Recently available Sterling Gibbs and North Carolina State transfer Ryan Harrow are both visiting Austin this weekend.
- Unsigned 2011 center Daouda Soumaoro is currently on an official visit to Washington. Soumaoro took a trip to St. John’s recently, and said he enjoyed it.
- Top-50 2012 forward Ricardo Gathers is taking an unofficial visit to St. John’s this weekend. The Louisiana native also wants to take a trip to Florida.
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Posted on: April 17, 2011 10:51 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2011 2:27 pm
Posted by Jeff Borzello
The pipeline that brought Cleveland Melvin from Baltimore to DePaul paid off once again for the Blue Demons.
On Sunday, Oliver Purnell received a verbal commitment from post-grad prospect Montray Clemons.
Clemons chose DePaul over Illinois, Texas Tech, Tennessee, Auburn and North Carolina, according to Cecil Kirk AAU coach Anthony Lewis.
“He’s a face-up four man, with good shooting range from 22 [feet] and in,” Lewis said. “He’s strong from the shoulders up. Will be an impact [player] for DePaul and the Big East.”
Clemons, a 6-foot-8 forward who plays his prep ball at Evelyn Mack Academy (N.C.), is an athletic player who loves to run the floor and finish with a power dunk.
He should be perfect for Purnell’s up-tempo system.