The most-watched recruitment in resent memory is about to come to an end as we await the live college announcement of Aaron and Andrew Harrison, two of the top-5 players in the class of 2013, and the greatest recruiting-package of all-time. Never have two twins this highly regarded been set to announce their commitment to the same school. Both Kentucky and Maryland have gone all-in to secure the commitment of these two players, and one of them is about to hit the jackpot when they make their commitment live on ESPNU at 5 p.m. EST.
We did an interview with Michael Willis and Michael Bohlin of Terrapinstationmd.com, the official Fansided site for all things Maryland Terrapins, and debated why the twins will pick Maryland, and why they will pick UK.
Here are their Five reasons why the Harrison Twins Will Choose Maryland:
1) Six years worth of recruiting
Mark Turgeon has been on the trail recruiting Aaron and Andrew Harrison since the day he took the head-coaching job at Texas A&M University. Over the course of those years he has built up quite the rapport with the Harrison family and, despite what some national pundits might say, this is a very large factor in the twins’ recruitment. Harrison Sr. has a strong comfort level with Turgeon and has been quoted as saying that he is “The most upright citizen I have met in basketball.” This all goes back to the tragic death of one time Texas prep basketball player Tobi Oyedji who was committed to Turgeon and Texas A&M before losing his life in an automobile accident on his prom night. The way Turgeon handled that tragedy behind the scenes is something that clearly has stuck with Harrison Sr., who reached out to Turgeon afterwards to encourage him to start recruiting his sons. To have made an impression that strong on the father is something that will not be lost on the twins.
2) Connection to the state of Maryland
There are ties to the state of Maryland that cannot be ignored either. Aaron Harrison Sr. grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and the Harrison’s still have family in the area. The fact that the twins, were they to choose Maryland today, would have that sort of support so close to where they would be going to school is something that John Calipari and the Kentucky program cannot match. Calipari can sell the family on the allure of Rupp Arena and the loyalty of the Big Blue Nation as much as he wants but basketball fans and blood relatives are two very different things and in this case it plays into the Terrapins favor.