It has become the annual guessing game and parlor game for fans of the Kentucky Wildcats basketball team: debating and discussing who may stay and who may go to the NBA early. And after Saturday’s win over Louisville, a NBA scout talked to Adam Zagoria and had some words about all of the NBA prospects in the game. Despite the better game, he thinks that both Aaron and Andrew Harrison should stay another year and college.
On Andrew and Aaron Harrison, who combined for 28 points, 8 rebounds and 7 turnovers and came on strong down the stretch while Randle sat on the bench: “Both of them should stay. To me, I think both have regressed from where they were coming in with all the hype they had. Aaron’s a better shooter. They both struggle to guard perimeter quickness. They both are not consistent shot-makers. Andrew’s just OK. He’s never going to be able to break any NBA point guard down and at 6-5 you’re not going to be able to post him. I just think they should both stay in school. There’s nothing that either one of them brings that makes you say, ‘Wow, this guy is my point guard or my two guard of the future.’”
The scout said the body language thing — which many say is improving — wasn’t an issue for him.
“I never really worried about that. They’ve been the better players on their teams for a number of years. There’s a lot of hype surrounding them. I’ve never heard or seen them to be bad kids at all,” the scout said. “I don’t even factor that into the equation.”
For the record, I have no problem with this at all. I’d love to see this entire group stick around. The scout was not very kind to Willie Cauley-Stein either as well as well … you just need to go to the link to see what he said about Chane Behanan.
As we know yesterday, Chane Behanan was dismissed from the Louisville basketball team. And while we are a Kentucky site, certain UL stories are of interest. There has been a lot of talk about the Kentucky Way and the Louisville Way, but Ben Roberts looks at what has happened to Rick Pitino’s six McDonald’s All Americans. I think you would agree that they seem to be on a different career path at Kentucky.
Big accolades continue to roll in for James Young as he was honored by both the SEC and ESPN for his game against Louisville. Here is more from a UKAA media release.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Freshman guard/forward James Young has hauled in Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week and ESPN National Player of the Week accolades it was announced on Monday. Young’s SEC Freshman of the Week nod is the second of his career, while ESPN’s Andy Katz tabbed the Rochester Hills, Mich., native as the nation’s top performer.
Young poured in a team-high 18 points while adding career-bests in rebounds (10) and assists (4) in a 73-66 victory over No. 6 Louisville on Saturday. He registered his first career double-double effort with the team-high tying tally of boards, while the four assists also ranked as a team best.
With the game tied at 53, Young hit a 3-pointer to spark a 13-3 Kentucky spurt and put the game away for the Cats over their instate rival.
For the season, Young has knocked down at least one 3-pointer in all but two games this season and multiple 3’s in eight games including the win over Louisville. Through 13 games, Young has connected for 29 long-range shots a mark that ranks 11th in program history for a freshman. He’s also poured in 179 points thus far which is the 52nd most by any UK freshman in program history.
The Wildcats have had three different players garner weekly conference honors this season and Young joins Aaron Harrison as a multiple-week winner. Young was last honored as the league’s top-performing freshman on Nov. 25 following a win over UT Arlington in which he led UK with 26 points and connected for a career-best five 3-pointers.
ESPN’s honor for Young is the first of the season for any UK player. Fellow freshman Julius Randle was named CBSSports.com’s National Player of the Week following the opening week of the season.
Kentucky’s win over Louisville capped the end of the non-conference slate for the Blue and White. UK will next return to action with a home contest vs. Mississippi State on Jan. 8. Game time is set for 8 p.m. ET and will air live on channels affiliated with SEC TV.