HoopsHype Aaron Harrison rumors

October 14, 2014 Updates

Karl Anthony-Towns is Kentucky’s best NBA prospect by far and Andrew and Aaron Harrison look like borderline first-round draft picks, one veteran NBA scout who was at Kentucky’s combine over the weekend told SNY.tv. “Karl Towns is their best prospect and it’s not close, it’s not close,” said the scout, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he’s not permitted to comment on draft prospects. ZagsBlog.com

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Although there is a glut of frontcourt talent, the backcourt is not as deep, so the decisions of guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison are especially intriguing and important. An NBA scout for one of the Eastern Conference's premier teams believes the choice is obvious. "It'd be good for both of them to go back next year," said the scout, who requested anonymity because he is not authorized to discuss draft prospects. "That's what I'd advise them to do. I don't think anybody is really high on them." cincinnati.com

The belief in NBA circles is that the 6-foot-6 twin brothers remain genuinely torn, the scout said. One Eastern Conference general manager told him the twins' father, Aaron Sr., wanted his sons to declare for the draft, but a lukewarm response from the league has given the family some pause. cincinnati.com

April 20, 2014 Updates

The father of Kentucky Wildcats freshmen guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison told FOX 26 Sports on Saturday the family is waiting for feedback from the NBA before making a decision on whether the two will make themselves available for the NBA Draft or stay in college. If the Harrisons, who are former stars at Fort Bend Travis High School, are headed to the NBA they must let the league know by April 27. "I just sent the paperwork in two or three days ago," said Aaron Harrison Sr. "I talked to a gentleman at the NBA and he said he would get it to me as fast as possible and then we'll go from there. "It's important. You're trying to find out what the prospects are for them and where they'll be drafted and all those things." FOX 26 Sports

April 12, 2014 Updates

Which brings me to Andrew and Aaron Harrison. Sources have told CBSSports.com that both are leaning toward entering the NBA Draft but that it's nowhere close to a done deal, and I really do think their decisions are the most important to Kentucky's future because, assuming Johnson, Poythress and Marcus Lee return, the Wildcats will again be loaded in the frontcourt thanks to that trio and the enrollment of five-star bigs Trey Lyles and Karl Towns. CBSSports.com

April 8, 2014 Updates

There are rumors that Aaron Harrison Sr. would like his sons to enter the draft. “I had heard that the father’s pushing them out,” a second NBA scout said. “He wants them to go. This was before the tournament started.” ZagsBlog.com

March 30, 2014 Updates

Increasingly, general managers and talent evaluators around the league feel that Calipari will be proven wrong, and that both Harrisons will join the line of one-and-done players at Kentucky, jumping into the first round of this coming draft. “I think the tournament has helped those two as much as anyone,” one general manager told Sporting News. “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.” Sporting News

February 14, 2014 Updates

According to Chad Ford of ESPN.com, Andrew and Aaron Harrison want to declare for the NBA Draft this summer. Ford also says that Julius Randle and James Young “look like they’re gone.” Here is an excerpt: “Randle and Young look like they’re gone. Hearing both the Harrison twins also want to declare (though their current draft stock may scare them back into school). Cauley-Stein and Poythress are both wildcards. Ditto for Dakari Johnson.” It’s worth noting that neither of the Harrison twins have shown up in three of the most recent draft predictors from national outlets, including Ford’s latest update to his Big Board on Tuesday. It’s also worth noting that it would not be a surprise if both players did leave for the NBA after this season, despite what John Calipari has said recently. Nation of Blue

January 30, 2014 Updates

Kentucky coach John Calipari has been telling folks around NBA that his twin recruits, Aaron and Andrew Harrison, will not been entering this year’s draft, according to sources. That’s pretty consistent with Calipari’s approach to moving players to the NBA draft—he has said he thinks most players, with only the most talented exceptions, benefit from two years of college basketball. Many of the most-read mock drafts have moved the Harrisons to 2015. Sporting News

But a source with knowledge of the situation said the Harrisons should not be counted out of the ’14 draft just yet. They still are giving strong consideration to entering the draft in June, and while Calipari has influence, the family will make the decision. The Harrisons’ parents were strongly involved in choosing Kentucky last year, remember. Sporting News

March 23, 2013 Updates

Meantime, on the DraftExpress 2014 Mock Draft, Kentucky currently has commits from the No. 2 (Julius Randle), 3 (Andrew Harrison), 9 (Aaron Harrison) and 10 picks (Cauley-Stein). They are also in the hunt for the projected No. 1 and No. 4 overall picks in Andrew Wiggins and Aaron Gordon. The NBA GM also said that Kentucky pledges Dakari Johnson and James Young could be first-round picks next year. “Only question would be if they go high enough to come out based on the numbers they will get with limited minutes, but they are first-rounders,” the GM said. ZagsBlog.com

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