Tommy DeePeople may think this is off, but I don’t think there is much room between Larkin and Michigan’s Trey Burke in terms of NBA-level ability at the position. But the issue with Larkin is obviously his size. At the draft combine Larkin measured in at under 6’0, but to me, and other scouts and NBA people I’ve talked to, his athleticism was staggering.
“The 5-11 guard tried to change that perception during the two-day gathering at Quest Athletic Center on the West Side. His shot was a bit flat during the skill drills Thursday, but his athletic testing Friday was the talk of the combine.
“I knew I could jump. I knew I was fast,” Larkin said. “I didn’t think the teams knew how high I could jump, how athletic I was or how much I can bench press. So just being able to show that even though I’m a smaller guy, I can play above the rim and I’m strong enough to battle the big guards is a good thing.”
Larkin, the son of Cincinnati Reds Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, proved he was easily the best athlete of the more than 60 players at the event. He finished first in the max vertical jump, first in the three-quarter court sprint and fourth in lane-agility time. His 3.8 percent body fat was the second lowest of all the competitors. Larkin’s 44-inch max vertical jump was the second highest in the history of the combine, trailing only Kenny Gregory’s 45 1/2 in 2001.”
I’m a big fan of Larkin’s pedigree and his willingness to compete. His performance this year at Miami was outstanding and combine that with his showing you’d have to think that his stock is really on the rise and won’t be around when the Knicks pick. We’ll be keeping an eye out for his individual workouts in the coming weeks.