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Thursday, August 4, 2011
Shane Larkin leaving DePaul

By Scott Powers
ESPNChicago.com

DePaul freshman Shane Larkin is leaving the university to be closer to his Florida home due an undisclosed medical condition, Blue Demons coach Oliver Purnell announced Thursday.

"It crushed him," said Shane's father and former baseball star Barry Larkin. "It's a medical issue. I'm not at liberty to discuss my son's medical issues. It was probably one of the toughest things he's had to deal with. He felt terrible. He felt like he's let people down."

Barry Larkin wasn't sure whether his son would transfer somewhere close to home or what he would do this upcoming school year.

"I'm not sure what the future holds to be quite honest," Barry said. "I don't know yet.

"He's really struggled with dealing with this. It was tough on him. It was tough on his family. He really loved Chicago. We love Chicago."

Larkin was DePaul's most highly rated recruit in its 2011 class and was expected to start next season in the backcourt with sophomore Brandon Young.

"I'm disappointed he's not going to be here, and we're concerned about Shane's well-being," Purnell said in a statement. "I support his decision."

Larkin thanked Purnell for his short time at DePaul.

"At this time, the best situation for my well-being is to remain in Florida," Larkin said in a statement. "I appreciate everything coach Purnell and the staff have done to support me at this time."

DePaul departs Aug. 11 for a 10-day trip to France.

Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at spowers@espnchicago.com.