Remember when John Calipari was gathering the necessary commitments that now make up this current Kentucky Wildcats’ freshman class? Julius Randle was a primary topic of conversation then and deservedly so.
The Harrison twins, Andrew particularly, received their fair share of attention as well. No disrespect to Aaron, the top ranked shooting guard in his class, but Andrew was seen to be the better player.
While his numbers are decent (10.3 pts, 2.0 rebs, 3.5 assists) they still aren’t quite to the level most expect them to be by season’s end. Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated currently has him listed as one of his five most disappointing players of the 2013-14 season.
Granted, it is still early. Harrison should continually grow into his role.
Coach Cal’s track of developing young point guards also works in Andrew’s favor. We’ve seen him do it with Tyreke Evans and Derrick Rose at Memphis. We remember what he’s done since arriving at UK too. Here’s a look at Cal’s former point guards through their first ten games at Kentucky.
John Wall: 18 pts 4.1 rebounds 7 assists
Brandon Knight: 17.1 pts 3.4 rebounds 3.7 assists
Marquis Teague: 10.8 pts 2.2 rebounds 4.7 assists
Ryan Harrow: 9.7 pts 2.4 rebounds 3.5 assists
Ryan Harrow is by the exception to the rule here.
Harrison is most comparable to Teague right now. Teague had a lot of folks frustrated for a while too. Of course it is easy to be spoiled by the impact made by Wall and Knight. Conversely, those shoes were very difficult to fill for the point guards who followed them.
By the end of the 2011-12 season Marquis Teague was playing some pretty good ball, wouldn’t you say?
So we shall see what Andrew Harrison shall do. North Carolina’s Marcus Paige will be waiting tomorrow. Louisville and SEC play are right around the corner.
It’s early, but it gets late before you know it.