Mar 28, 2013; Washington, D.C., USA; Miami Hurricanes guard Shane Larkin (0) passes as Marquette Golden Eagles forward Jamil Wilson (0) defends in the second half during the semifinals of the East regional of the 2013 NCAA tournament at the Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Shane Larkin vs Dennis Schroeder

It’s no secret that the Utah Jazz will be looking for a point guard to draft in 3 weeks and they will have their options barring a mass exodus of points in the first 13 picks.  Teams possibly looking for a point guard will be Orlando, Pelicans, Kings, Pistons and Mavericks.  My guess is that Orlando will not take Burke at 2 which will lead him to fall to at least the Pelicans at 6.  However, I still don’t understand why the Pelicans would draft a point guard when Greivas Vasquez did a great job this past year.

This leads me to believe that Burke falls to 7 to the Kings.  The Pistons will then take CJ McCollum and the Mavericks will take Michael Carter-Williams.  Then the Jazz are on the clock and they will decide between Shane Larkin from Miami and Dennis Schroeder from Germany.

Shane Larkin is 5’11” and weighs 176 lbs which could deter a lot of teams from drafting him.  His 44″ vertical leap should help subdue some of those concerns.  Larkin is the son of Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin.  He is a great passer and can get to the hoop almost at will.  He struggles a little on the defensive side but won’t be as bad as Mo Williams or Devin Harris on that end of the floor. He is a great guy that has his head on straight.  He will bring it every night and will be a team player that will do whatever he can to help the team win.  He averaged 14.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists while shooting 47% from the field this past season.

Dennis Schroeder is 6’1″ and 180 lbs and his ridiculous wingspan of 6’8″ is comparable to Rondo.  Dennis has really come into his own this past year as he wowed fans and scouts at the Nike Hoop Summit.  He has a little bit of an attitude and could cause problems in a locker room.  His ceiling his really high which will be very attractive to teams drafting in the 13-16 range and could be selected solely on potential.  He is very quick and can really see the floor well.  He can shoot really well but like most Europeans struggles on the defensive end immensely.  He averaged 12 points and 3.1 assists in just 24 minutes of play.


This will be a very hard call to make if both guys are still on the board when the Jazz draft but my guess is the Jazz will draft Larkin because he is a guy that will get along with his teammates and help the community.


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