"I was pretty good at baseball when I was seven," Larkin said. "I was trained by Pete Rose who taught me how to hit. Then I played little league and the coach told me whoever taught me how to hit taught me wrong."
Larkin found out first hand that "Charlie Hustle" had a unique style and it didn't work for everyone. Nevertheless, the son of former Cincinnati Reds great Barry Larkin traded the diamond for the hardwood and found his calling.
The 5-foot-11 point guard out of Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips is going to be a good college player. He'll be the best point guard to emerge from his high school since Chris Warren.
Larkin knows this summer will decide what level and which type of school pursues him wire to wire.
"It's big. I feel like I have a lot to prove. Last summer I was thought of more as a small shooting guard. Now I'm trying to show everyone that I can run a team and be a true point guard."