Crazy how much things can change in a month. At the beginning of March both Aaron and Andrew Harrison were out of pretty much all 2014 NBA Mock Drafts and the Kentucky Wildcats were having what many considered a dud of a year. Now the Wildcats are heading to the Final Four and the Harrison Twins are getting a lot of buzz from NBA scouts.
There’s no telling how many UK fans trashed the Harrison twins to me all year. Those two stepped up when it mattered most.
— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) March 30, 2014
The Harrison Twins’ father actually had to tell his sons not to be pressured to leave for the NBA after this season. It seemed the pressure was getting to the freshman and it was effecting their play.
“What I told him was, ‘Son, me and your mother, we’re in a fine financial situation. It’s not like you have to go,” Aaron Sr. told Courier-Journals Adam Himmelsbach. “If it doesn’t work out, we’ve got next year, the year after that or the year after that. …There’s no pressure for you to go. And I don’t know where he got that in his mind, that pressure. I told him not to worry about it. Relax and have fun.”
It seems to have worked, the Harrisons are playing very smart basketball and even made the cover of Sports Illustrated.
ESPN’s Chad Ford talked about the Harrison Twins in his weekly chat:
They’ve played great. They’ve quieted the doubters. They’ve proven that you shouldn’t write off heralded freshman just because they get off to a slow start. But I still think both players, despite their strong play for UK in the tournament are bubble first rounders.
Aaron Harrison has always been in that place. I don’t think his stock has moved much all year.
Andrew was once considered a Top 10 pick and his stock has obviously fallen. He’s helped it in the past two weeks (scouts will always find ways to give 6-5 point guards a second and third look) but he’s not cracking the lottery. I hope they go back to school and really dominate next year.
If they declare, they are likely late first rounders to early second rounders.
A NBA GM said this of the Harrison Twins chances thanks to their Tournament play via Sporting News:
I think the tournament has helped those two as much as anyone. They were disappointments for this year, there’s no other way to say it. They looked overhyped, they didn’t look like first-round picks. But as the season has gone on and looking at how things came together, they look more like the players we thought they were coming in.
Even Louisville’s Russ Smith noticed their improvement.
Russ Smith on #UK: “Those guys are great players. The Harrison twins are really coming on. They’re going to be great pros.”
— Eric Crawford (@ericcrawford) March 29, 2014
Aaron is averaging 16 points while shooting better than 48% from the outside in post-regular season play. He is averaging 14.1 points and is shooting 35.7 percent from three for the season.
Andrew is averaging 11.8 points, 4.6 assists and 3.6 rebounds since the beginning of the SEC Tournament. He is averaging 11 points, 3.9 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game for the season. Not a huge improvement, but there has been a lot of improvement on the defensive side of the ball as well.
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