Alternate Route: Aaron Harrison joins Hornets' summer league team
06/26/2015 04:45 PM
BROOKLYN, NY — After watching six of his former teammates — including his twin brother — make NBA Draft history on Thursday night in the Big Apple, Aaron Harrison set a new record of his own — just not the one he wanted nor expected.
The 6-6 shooting guard was the only eligible Wildcat to not be taken in the 2015 NBA Draft, and in doing so, became the first Kentucky player of the John Calipari era to declare for the draft without getting picked.
All previous 25 applicants successfully secured selections with NBA teams.
Despite the disappointing result, Aaron wasn’t without the support of his former Kentucky teammates:
Wow I'm sick— Willie Cauley-Stein (@THEwillieCS15) June 26, 2015
My boy gonna come back strong.. Just yall watch.— Alex Poythress (@AlexTheGreat22) June 26, 2015
By no means is Aaron’s NBA dream over, however.
The next option would be making a summer league team as a free agent, and according to a report from ESPN, Harrison did just that on Friday morning by joining the Charlotte Hornets’ summer squad.
Aaron Harrison will go to summer league with Charlotte, source told ESPN.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 26, 2015
KSTV discussed Aaron’s detoured route to the NBA on Friday’s show, explaining that free agency has some advantages over being a late second-round pick.