Andrew and Aaron Harrison Choose Kentucky, Spurn Maryland

By Ryan Gaydos
Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

In one of the biggest moves of the off-season in college basketball, Andrew and Aaron Harrison have decided to join the elite basketball program that is Kentucky. Head coach John Calipari has built the program since he came to Kentucky from Memphis. The Harrison twins’ commitments makes Kentucky the No.1 class in the nation for the 2013 season.

However, there is a bigger story here.

The story is betrayal.

The Harrisons had a choice between Kentucky or Maryland and the logical choice, for anyone, would have been Kentucky because of Calipari. However, the Harrisons had a special bond between themselves and head coach Mark Turgeron of the Terrapins. Assistant coach Bino Ranson and Aaron Harrison Sr. have brought up an incredible rapport with each other and the Harrisons had a relationship with freshman Shaquille Cleare.

With the Harrisons choosing Kentucky, this just shows how influential Calipari has over any other coach and any other program in the nation. There really is nothing that anyone could do to stop the machine that produces one-and-done superstars like Anthony Davis or two-year standouts like Doron Lamb.

Andrew Harrison is the No. 2 rated player in the 2013 class and is described as an incredible play maker with the ability to defend the perimeter at 6-foot-5. Aaron Harrison is more of a pure scorer and has great separation ability, which will work well in Calipari’s system.

There is now one thing on everyone’s mind in college basketball and that is back-to-back national championships for the Wildcats. The team’s season starts, ironically, against Maryland in the 2012 Barclays Center Classic on Nov. 9.


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