Draft Projection: No. 16: Boston Celtics
Positives: Insider Only
Negatives: Insider Only
Summary: June 26 Update: Larkin is one of the best, if not the best, pick-and-roll point guards in the draft. He also is one of the two or three best athletes and can shoot it, too. Sounds like an All-Star, right? Maybe, but he's also the smallest guard in the draft with an even smaller wingspan.
Quick fact: Larkin averaged 6.4 points per game (sixth in nation) as the pick-and-roll ball handler and operated on such plays 46.7 percent of the time (first in nation) he was on the court.
June 25 Update: If the draft plays out this way, the Bucks are looking at three names -- Larkin, Dennis Schroeder or Glen Rice Jr., who's coming in for a second workout on Tuesday. It's hard to say which way the Bucks are leaning, but it looks as if Larkin has the slight edge.
June 24 Update: Larkin is another player who can be very polarizing. In terms of the ratings from teams for our Secret NBA Draft Big Board, he has one of the largest spreads of anyone on the board -- scoring several 8s and 9s but also several votes in the 3-to-5 range. The issue is size: Some teams just don't like small point guards and Larkin is one of the smallest point guards to come into the draft in the past decade. His range on draft night is likely 14 to 21.
June 18 Update: With their starting backcourt of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis both heading into free agency, the Bucks likely will focus on point guard. Larkin and Dennis Schroeder are the two most interesting candidates. Schroeder has more upside, but after dealing with Jennings for the past few years, they might opt for a more traditional guard like Larkin. Murray State's Isaiah Canaan also has a shot here. His impressive workout turned heads in Milwaukee.
June 10 Update: Larkin's worked out for the Celtics, Bucks, Jazz and Suns. He's got the 76ers and Mavericks this week. From the sound of things, it looks like his best workout might have been in Utah, though sources say the Bucks are very high on him at No. 15. That No. 14-16 range seems about right for Larkin. If he isn't taken there, the next team that really needs a point guard is the Jazz again at No. 21 (assuming they don't take a point guard at No. 14).
May 28 Update: Larkin's poor measurements (5-foot-11 with a 5-11 wingspan) were offset considerably by terrific athletic numbers that ranked him as one of the best athletes the combine has ever seen. He also played well in drills and might have put himself in a position to go somewhere between 14 and 23.
May 20 Update: Larkin has a lot of competition to be the first point guard off the board after Burke, C.J. McCollum and Michael Carter-Williams. Dennis Schroeder, Isaiah Canaan, Pierre Jackson and Lorenzo Brown are in the conversation, too. But during the combine, Larkin appeared to separate himself a bit with hot shooting and elite athletic testing numbers. Not only did he measure with the second-highest max vertical ever recorded, but Larkin also recorded the fastest time in the three-quarter court sprint. Add in deep range on his jumper and true court vision and Larkin could land in the late lottery or, at the very least, mid-first round.
May 15 Update: There's a major scrum among Larkin, Dennis Schroeder, Pierre Jackson, Isaiah Canaan, Erick Green, Myck Kabongo and Phil Pressey as the next point guard off the board after Burke, McCollum and Carter-Williams. Larkin appears to be the most complete package of the bunch, in addition to being a terrific athlete, floor leader and shooter. His measurements will be the thing that hurts him at the combine.
May 8 Update (Projected No. 21 pick, Utah Jazz via Golden State Warriors): The Jazz still need a point guard, and among the point guards still left on the board, Larkin could be the best fit for Utah. Yes, he's undersized. But he's a great athlete, sees the floor well and shot more than 40 percent from 3 this season. Look for Baylor's Pierre Jackson and Germany's Dennis Schroeder also to be in the conversation with this pick.
May 2 Update: Larkin's decision to declare for the draft got a lot easier after a number of players on the board defected. As a quick, athletic point guard who can really shoot the basketball, Larkin's biggest weakness is really just a lack of size. There aren't a lot of teams in the hunt for a point guard in the second half of the first round, but the Celtics, Jazz, Hawks, Pacers and Thunder could all make a play for Larkin.
Apr 26 Update: Larkin will declare for the 2013 NBA Draft on Sunday. Larkin wasn't heavily on scouts' radar until a stellar end to his sophomore year. Blessed with excellent athleticism, a strong handle and a very good jump shot, he clicks off just about everything a team would look for in their point guard. His lack of size and length are really the only two knocks against his game right now. He should be a mid to late first round pick.
Apr 2 Update: Larkin sneaks into the Top 30, despite a tough loss for Miami against Marquette in the Sweet 16. Larkin ended the game with 14 points and four assists. Those aren't great numbers, but enough to keep him in the conversation. Larkin is getting feedback from the NBA draft committee to get a handle on his draft stock. But with so many of his teammates graduating, many feel he'll bolt to the NBA instead of hanging around for what could be a rough rebuilding process in Miami.
Mar 20 Update: It's really been the stellar play of Larkin that has propelled Miami a No. 2 seed and pushed Larkin into first-round consideration for the NBA draft. Other than Trey Burke, Larkin has been the steadiest, most poised point guard in the country, with a perfect balance of scoring and passing. If he were just a few inches taller, he'd be a lottery pick. Larkin has said he's returning for his junior season, but if he has a huge tournament, will he declare for the draft?
Dec 26 Update: Larkin has drawn some buzz from NBA scouts recently but struggled a bit in the Diamond Head Classic here in Honolulu. He has great quickness, sees the floor well and a nice looking jump shot, and he racked up six steals versus Arizona, but his jumper just wasn't falling -- especially in a bad loss to Indiana State. While his play here may not have been spectacular, he's a player to put on the draft radar screen. Has a lot of things going for him.