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Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Shane Larkin transferring to Miami

By Scott Powers
ESPNChicago.com

Former DePaul freshman point guard Shane Larkin has transferred to Miami, Fla., his father confirmed on Tuesday.

Larkin announced he was leaving DePaul on Aug. 6 due to an undisclosed medical condition. He chose to transfer to Miami to be closer to his family's home in Orlando, Fla. due to that condition.

"With Shane's situation, he needed to be closer to home," his father Barry Larkin said. "We tried to get it done right away. We didn't want it to become a bigger deal than it already was. It was tough on him. It was tough on the family. He struggled with trying to figure everything out.

"He didn't want to leave [DePaul] coach [Oliver] Purnell and his staff. He loved Chicago. It just didn't work out for him. We didn't want it to fester and for him to just sit at home and not re-acclimate into college and college life. We felt it was important to get him into a school right away whether he could play or not."

Barry was unsure whether Miami would appeal to the NCAA for Larkin to be able to play this season. He said it would be up to Miami's athletic department.

Barry was grateful in how DePaul handled his son's departure and cleared the way for him to move onto another school.

"Oliver Purnell and his staff, they were fantastic," Barry said. "It's private, the medical condition that Shane has, and all the people know who need to know, and they know it's very real. They granted the release, and it was very professional."

Larkin was DePaul's biggest recruit in its 2011 class and was expected to start this season.

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