Harrison twins will stay at UK
04/25/2014 12:11 PM
As soon as the buzzer sounded at the Final Four in Dallas, a top concern for Big Blue Nation was the Harrison twins. Will they stay in school and try to improve their draft stock, or will they take a leap of faith and jump into the NBA.
The 6’6 guards made their choice and announced they will return to the University of Kentucky for their sophomore seasons.
“I’m coming back for a second season in large part because last year’s title run was special, but we still have unfinished business,” Aaron Harrison said.
“I’m returning for my sophomore season because I want to win a national title.” Andrew Harrison said.
What could have been a depleted back court will now be a strength for the Cats next season. UK will add highly-touted recruits Tyler Ullis and Devin Booker. But unlike in past years, the guard play will not have to start over from scratch.
“I’m excited about Aaron and Andrew’s decision to return for next season,” head coach John Calipari said. “Their postseason play was a result of the improvement they made all season and displayed what they’re capable of doing on the court. I look forward to having the opportunity to work with them during the summer and watch them lead next year’s team.”
In an up and down freshman campaign, Andrew Harrison averaged 10.9 points, 4 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game. While the point guard didn’t have gaudy numbers and only shot 37% from the field, he was a major piece in UK’s late-season turnaround.
Coach Cal revealed that his “tweak” involved getting Harrison to stop shooting and start passing. Although simple in explanation, it made a world for difference for the Cats. Over the final nine games of the season, including a national runner-up performance in the NCAA Tournament, Andrew Harrison’s assists numbers upped to nearly 5.5 per game and the team’s success followed suit.
Andrew’s increased passing also benefited Aaron, who averaged 13.7 points and 3 rebounds per game on 42% shooting. Aaron’s scoring numbers skyrocketed down the stretch, and the freshman hit clutch shot after clutch shot to advance the Cats through March Madness.
The 6’6 twins from Richmond, Tx. will once again dawn UK uniforms in Rupp Arena, and that’s enough to make Big Blue Nation smile.