Although November maybe seems far too early, for most, to start thinking about the 2014 Draft, it’s no secret that eyes from every NBA team will be focused on tonight’s State Farm Championship Classic from Chicago.
While all the talk will be centered on the bottom feeders of the league watching eight out of the top 10 freshman ball for four of the NCCA’s top five teams — Kentucky, Michigan State, Duke and Kansas — Chad Ford says that the Miami Heat should be sneaking a peek at the Wildcat’s freshman shooting guard Aaron Harrison.
“[Aaron] Harrison often is overshadowed by his brother Andrew [Harrison], mostly because Andrew is considered a point guard and Aaron plays a less desirable position,” said the draft expert in ESPN‘s Mock Draft 1.1. “He has talent and could add a potential big scoring threat to the Heat backcourt.”
The feeling is that the depth of next summer’s draft will cause a few all-Americans to slip to the lower rungs of the big board. Meaning good players have the potential of hooking on with great teams.
And what better team to be aligned with than the former champs? Especially when Norris Cole may be the only current member of the team under contract, in the midst of an undercover youth movement.
You see if the Heat bring back the “Big Three,” along with Michael Beasley, Greg Oden and Cole, the 6-foot-5 Harrison can fit in as a backup two-guard. Of course, this is in case Ray Allen is ready to hang up his shoes at the end of the season.
Not only would Harrison be another body to relieve Dwyane Wade, but he would also be able to put points on the board. He’s shown that by averaging 13 points per game on a Kentucky team rife with scorers.
And it doesn’t hurt that he has been proving that he’s not the one-dimensional twin.
He may not be the Wildcats’ point guard, but with his brother, Andrew, struggling to get his wind after a preseason ankle injury, Aaron has shown that he is not just a spot-up shooter. He can actually penetrate and handle the rock.
It may be way too early, but the one thing that we know about Miami is that the media stays glued on 2014.
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