Over the years there have been key freshmen players in college basketball that have made an impact in some way. Andrew Harrison is already making an impact on the game, and he hasn’t even stepped on the floor in a game yet, literally. According to Athlon Sports, Andrew Harrison has been ranked as the third best PG in the nation. The 6-foot-5 freshman from Richmond, Texas is following the footsteps of past Calipari PG’s to play in blue and white. Even though he has big shoes to fill, Andrew is embracing the pressure in a unique way. His confidence leads him to where he wants to go, and he has full support from his teammates and John Calipari.
Is being ranked the third best PG in the nation too high? Too low? Or just right? On my perspective of things, I think it’s just right for now. However, by the end of the year I think this young man can potentially be a top five pick in the NBA Draft. Playing for the Kentucky Wildcats can easily help your draft stock, but Harrison is the real deal and shouldn’t be underestimated. He will be leading one of the tallest teams in the country into a highly expected championship season. According to Calipari, he was very impressed with his inside game as well as everything else. There’s really no where to judge Andrew in a negative way about his game. Even though he lacks consistency from the three-point shot, he can still knock it down. The qualities of his play are really impressive, but guess what? He is only 18 years old and he has much time to improve, whether it be during the course of his season or in the NBA.
The only two people ahead of Andrew Harrison in the rankings are Jahii Carson out of Arizona State, and Marcus Smart from Oklahoma State. Marcus Smart could’ve been a top pick in the 2013 NBA Draft last year, but he made a wise decision to comeback to school and get better. Do I think Andrew Harrison can be better than Marcus Smart? Absolutely. Not many people are talking about Andrew Harrison and his brother, but in time I assure you people will talk about them plenty. The mindset of winning is in Andrew Harrison’s state of mind, and I don’t think he will even let up a little bit. To him, that’s not even an option.