Hurricanes’ sophomore guard Shane Larkin officially announced on Sunday that he will be entering the 2013 NBA Draft.
Larkin tweeted the following after his announcement:
Officially have declared for the 2013 NBA draft. Thank you for all of the support and I will forever be greatful for everybody at the U!
— Shane Larkin (@ShaneLarkin) April 28, 2013
Larkin helped lead the Hurricanes’ to both an ACC regular-season title and an ACC tournament championship this past season.
On why he decided to enter the draft, Larkin told ESPN:
I can honestly sit here and say this is the most difficult decision that I’ve ever had to make in my life. I’ve probably gone back and forth on this 100 times, just because I love the university so much.”
The Hurricanes’ men’s basketball team reached a program-high No. 2 ranking during the 2012-13 season, knocked off No. 13 Michigan state, beat UNC a total of three times and dethroned then No. 1 Duke. Miami reached the Sweet 16 in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, however, their storybook season would end short at the hands of Marquette.
NBADraft.net has Larkin (5-11, 176) going as the No. 29 overall pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Aside from Larkin, the Hurricanes’ will lose seniors Kenny Kadji, Julian Gamble, Reggie Johnson, Trey McKinney-Jones and Durand Scott.