The two most hyped high school basketball players have now become two of the most hyped college basketball players as twin brothers Aaron and Andrew Harrison have officially committed to play ball for John Calipari at Kentucky. Andrew Harrison is a 6’5″ point guard and Aaron Harrison is set to be running along side his brother as the Wildcat’s two-guard, as the latter Harrison is a 6’5″ shooting guard.
“We liked coach (John) Calipari’s fire to win and we want to win a national championship,” Andrew said.
To personify the magnitude of the Harrison twins committing to Kentucky: the school was on the outside looking in when it came to Top 25 recruiting this year. After the commitment of the Harrison twins, many college basketball experts now have Kentucky as having the best recruiting class of this year.
Both twins are the regarded as the top rated players of their respective positions in this year’s recruiting class.
So yeah, they’re kind of what you’d call a big deal. One of the big draws to Kentucky for the twins was their turnout of not just NBA players, but smart NBA players. But no one was more sold on Kentucky than Aaron and Andrew’s mother.
“I liked the wall with the GPA of the players on it,” Marian Harrison said. “The GPA of the players that went to the NBA was great, and they are continuing to work toward getting their degrees.”
It’s not the first time a set of twins have committed to play for the same school. The Lopez brothers of Brooks and Robin both played for and helped lead the Stanford Cardinal to a Sweet Sixteen appearance. Kentucky fans will have a lot more than a trip to the Sweet Sixteen in mind, and John Calipari now has his next great point guard to groom.
There is no doubt that one of the selling points for Andrew Harrison was Calipari’s pedigree of point guards. Five of the last six point guards to play for Calipari have gone on to be first round draft picks in the NBA and two have been the No. 1 overall pick in Derrick Rose and John Wall. Both players went on to be drafted as freshman in the NBA and both were considered to be the best in their class. Andrew had to have noticed that stat and recognized it’s likely not a coincidence.
The question now is will this 1-2 combo of the Harrison twins work at Kentucky. The defending national champions are now the favorites to repeat and have one of, if not the most interesting storyline entering the 2013 season. The Lopez twins were bigs, and although they were wildly productive, they weren’t flashy players. The Harrison twins are playing the two most high profile positions and are now the entire backcourt for the Wildcats.
But if there is a man who has proven time and time again he can work with situations like this, it’s Caliapri and love him to hate him he’s likely going to do it again with the Harrison twins.