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Dad says Shane Larkin leaning strongly toward NBA

Friday - 4/26/2013, 8:50pm  ET

STEVEN WINE
AP Sports Writer

MIAMI (AP) -- Miami Hurricanes sophomore Shane Larkin is leaning strongly toward turning pro and will declare for the NBA draft unless he has a last-minute change of heart, his father said.

Baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin said he spoke Friday with his son, who plans to announce his decision at a news conference Sunday.

"All indications are he's going into the draft, unless he has an epiphany," the elder Larkin said. "All of the information he has received is that this is the time for him to come out. He's not 100-percent committed. He wants to talk to the coaches first. But if nothing changes, he's going to declare for the draft."

Larkin blossomed this past season at point guard, helping attract sellout crowds and national attention for a Hurricanes program perennially overshadowed by college football and South Florida's four professional sports teams.

Miami won the Atlantic Coast Conference and the league tournament, both for the first time. Larkin finished sixth in voting for the John R. Wooden Award and made The Associated Press All-America second team.

NBA advisers have told the 5-foot-10
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