It’s no secret that next season, the Kentucky Wildcats will be one of the best teams in the nation. They are the most talented, by far, and are returning a significant amount of experience. The latter is something John Calipari is not used to having since arriving to Kentucky, but is something that could earn him his second and Kentucky’s ninth national championships come the end of the year. And if this feat is accomplished, there is no doubt that a lot of credit will have to go to Aaron Harrison, who was named the best shooting guard in the nation by SportingNews earlier today. Check out what they had to say about the sophomore hero below.
The irony of Aaron Harrison’s situation is that even though there is an exact replica of him on the Kentucky roster — his twin brother Andrew — Aaron is the only Wildcat whose contributions to next season’s championship push will not easily be duplicated. The Cats have two of just about everything, but not two proven wing scorers.
One might charge that they don’t have even one, given Aaron’s struggles through much of last season. But his excellence in the NCAA Tournament, under enormous pressure, was evidence he can excel as a primary perimeter scoring option.
He can afford to focus more intently in games, and to work to better influence games in which outstanding defenders limit his access to the ball. Because he’s going to see a few of those. Kentucky will play big games, and Harrison will be a target.
Overall, Aaron Harrison will be one of the most targeted players in the nation, thanks to his heroic efforts in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. However, there is no reason to think that he will collapse under this pressure, as that type of intensity only seems to make him immortal. If the Kentucky Wildcats are in a position to win at the end of the game, it is safe to assume they have the upper edge. They have their secret weapon on their side, and his name is Aaron Harrison. He is lethal under pressure and is bound to come up with heroic game-saving baskets once again.