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Shane Larkin (born October 2, 1992 in Cincinnati, Ohio) was obtained by the Dallas Mavericks, in a draft night trade with the Atlanta Hawks, in exchange for Jared Cunningham and the draft rights to the 16th overall pick Lucas Nogueira.
Coming out of his Orlando, Florida high school, Larkin was one of Scout.com's top 30 point guards. Although heavily recruited by Colorado, Florida State, George Mason and Boston College, he chose to attend DePaul University in Chicago. Before ever playing for DePaul, he requested a transfer and moved to the University of Miami.
Making his mark immediately at Miami, Larkin was already the teams' starting point guard by the end of January. For the year he averaged 7.4 points, 2.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds while leading the team in steals and finishing second in assists. He was named to the ACC's All-Freshman Team.
In his sophomore season, the 5'11 guard raised his averages to 14.5 points and 3.8 rebounds as he led the Hurricanes to the NCAA's Sweet Sixteen. Individually, he was named First Team All-ACC, ACC Player of the Year and was second team Associated Press All-American.
Choosing to forego his final two seasons at Miami, Larkin declared himself eligible for the 2013 NBA Draft. He was selected by the Atlanta Hawks in the first round (18th overall) only to be traded later in the evening to the Mavericks.
His professional career got off to a bit of a dubious beginning when, preparing to play with Dallas' entry in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League, Larkin fractured an ankle in practice on July 12, 2013. He had surgery to repair the break four days later which cost him training camp and the first ten games of the 2013-2014 campaign.
With the logjam at guard for the Mavericks, much of Larkin's time was spent learning in his rookie season. He did have a couple of stints with the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League but posted his NBA scoring high on January 17, 2014 with 18 points against the Phoenix Suns.
His rookie year would prove to be Larkin's only season with the Mavericks as on June 25, 2014, he was trades along with Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, Wayne Ellington and both the team's 2014 second round draft picks to the New York Knicks in return for center Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton.