It appears like Kentucky‘s dismal regular season and first round NIT elimination didn’t end without any punishments for Wildcats head coach John Calipari. Kentucky’s 21-12 finish led to the transfer of Ryan Harrow to Georgia State.
This isn’t the first time Harrow has jumped ship for greener pastures. In 2011, Harrow transfered from North Carolina State to Kentucky before the Wildcats’ national championship run.
Harrow will attempt to get his year of lost eligibility waived due to the health of his father. Despite losing an instrumental player to his offensive attack — Harrow averaged 9.9 points and 2.8 assists as a sophomore last season — Calipari has said he supports his decision to transfer.
“Given the health of his dad, we fully support Ryan’s decision to transfer to Georgia State to be closer to his family in Atlanta. Ryan was a vital part of this year’s team and an important player in practice during our 2011-12 national championship run. I want to thank Ryan for his efforts and hard work and wish him the best of luck at Georgia State.” Calipari told the media via an e-mail Sunday.
Harrow should have no trouble maintaining his eligibility, as he is transferring for a good and noble cause.
If the NCAA doesn’t grant the waiver for Harrow’s eligibility, he could lose a year of eligibility. Staying at Kentucky would mean possibly playing behind incoming freshman point guard Andrew Harrison, who is ranked as the top guard in the 2013 ESPN 100 ranking.
John Engel is a college basketball writer for Rant Sports, and works for ESPNLA 710 AM Radio as well. Follow John on Twitter: @engelsportsguy.