During his time as a college head coach, John Calipari has been known for his development of point guards. He coached Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans when he was with the Memphis Tigers. He has had John Wall, Brandon Knight and Marquis Teague during his tenure with the Kentucky Wildcats.
This year’s point guard for the ‘Cats is Andrew Harrison, who came to Lexington with very high expectations. Harrison and his twin brother Aaron Harrison make up the Kentucky backcourt. Both were highly rated players coming out of Richmond, TX, and both figured to make an immediate splash on the college basketball world.
But it did not start out that way. The twins, specifically the point guard Andrew, struggled early. In fact, seven times this season, Andrew has had more turnovers than assists in a game. That does not make Calipari happy.
However, in Saturday’s win over the Vanderbilt Commodores, Andrew had perhaps his best game of the season. He scored 10 points, had eight rebounds, four assists, and, most importantly, no turnovers. Calipari praised Andrew’s play after the game and feels that he may be turning a corner.
Kentucky has already lost three times this season, but the Wildcats seem to be getting better. If they are to live up to preseason expectations, which had them in the Final Four and perhaps contending for a national championship, Andrew must continue to improve. Calipari’s Kentucky teams have always gone as far as the point guard would take them, and despite the immense talent on this roster (Julius Randle, James Young, Willie Cauley-Stein, etc.), that statement rings true for this team as well.
Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the United States Basketball Writers Association. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.