Aaron Harrison Will be Kentucky Basketball’s Key Ingredient in 2014-15
The Kentucky Wildcats have rocked some amazing teams over the years. Some have won championships, others have come up just short.
It may be hard to believe, but Kentucky could enter the 2014-15 college basketball season with its best team yet. Instead of focusing on the entire team and the massive amount of depth that this John Calipari-coached squad will have, let’s focus on one player. That one player is none other than Aaron Harrison, the man who made clutch shot after clutch shot in the 2014 NCAA tournament.
In terms of talent, Kentucky is full of it, but Harrison is a lock for the starting five. He earned that spot. He earned that spot because he made a few game-winning shots in the dance. He earned that spot for the simple fact that he was a starter last season. He earned that spot because he is the returning leading scorer. He earned that spot because you cannot possibly break up him and his twin brother (Andrew). He. Earned. That. Spot.
Kentucky won’t necessarily have to rely on one single player in 2014-15, but like we saw in last season’s Big Dance, it sure could use a spark late in games. That is where the clutch Aaron Harrison comes in.
He disappeared in some games throughout the season and even in the tournament, but he can flip the switch in a heartbeat.
Is he the most talented player on the team? Well, he was the No. 9 ranked recruit in the 2013 recruiting class (via ESPN.com). However, there are higher ranked recruits on the Wildcats, and him and his brother came back to school for another year for a reason — didn’t like where they would have ended up in the draft.
He averaged 13.7 points per game in 2013-14 and managed to shoot 35.6 percent from behind the arc. When it mattered most, he shot an impressive 50 percent from the three in the dance.
On the surface, he is a talented and tall (6-foot-6) player who needs some work. However, if this very, very tall and deep Kentucky team is going to live up to its very high expectations in the upcoming season, Harrison has to come ready to play.
He may have finished third on the team in scoring last season, but he is more than capable of leading the Wildcats in scoring in 2014-15, which is exactly what I am predicting him to do.