Could the Kentucky Wildcats actually have both of the Harrison twins back for their sophomore seasons? The reality of Andrew and Aaron Harrison staying in Lexington for at least two years appears to becoming a likelier reality as the season goes on.
Neither one of them has managed to live up to the lofty expectations put on them prior to the 2013-14 college basketball season.
As of now, they’re projected as fringe first-round picks, and nearly every expert agrees that they need another year of college to develop their game
According to Sean Deveney of the Sporting News, UK head coach John Calipari is actually telling NBA teams that the Harrisons are returning to school next year:
Kentucky coach John Calipari has been telling folks around NBA that his twin recruits, Aaron and Andrew Harrison, will not been entering this year’s draft, according to sources.
That’s pretty consistent with Calipari’s approach to moving players to the NBA draft—he has said he thinks most players, with only the most talented exceptions, benefit from two years of college basketball. Many of the most-read mock drafts have moved the Harrisons to 2015.
But a source with knowledge of the situation said the Harrisons should not be counted out of the ’14 draft just yet. They still are giving strong consideration to entering the draft in June, and while Calipari has influence, the family will make the decision. The Harrisons’ parents were strongly involved in choosing Kentucky last year, remember.
It will be interesting to see what the Harrison twins do end up doing whenever the season does end. It’s becoming harder to see it ending with UK in the Final Four in Arlington, Texas, one of the twins’ biggest goals this year.
If they only moderately progress their game over the course of the next two months, it’s hard to see them entering the draft with the assurance of even being a first-round draft pick.
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