Will Shane Larkin end the Hurricane’s draft drought?

The Hurricanes, at least in the NBA Draft, have been more of a gentle breeze. They've produced just three NBA 1st round picks in their history. There was the great Ricky Barry, who was the 2nd pick in the 1965 draft. Thirty-four years later Tim James was drafted at No. 25. And their last 1st rounder – John Salmons – was the No. 26 pick in 2002. A decade has passed and the closest they've come were late 2nd rounders.

The mock drafts are never a true reflection of what will actually happen, but the Miami seniors currently hold down the 25th pick in the 2nd round, the 27th pick in the 2nd round, and the 28th pick in the second round, at least according to Draft Express.

There is certainly a chance that one of the trio of Kenny Kadji, Reggie Johnson or Durand Scott could sneak into the 1st round, but I wouldn't count on it.

That leaves Shane Larkin.

Like many players, Larkin spoke with his heart instead of his head when he stated before the NCAA Tournament that he saw no reason to leave early. But then, as he should, he submitted his name for a draft advisory evaluation.

Should he decide to go, Draft Express currently has him pegged as the 28th pick in the first round. Last year, in June, Draft Express had Vanderbilt's Jeff Taylor in the spot, and he ultimately went three picks later as the 1st pick in the 2nd round.

Larkin has until April 16th to decide what he'll do.