HoopsHype Andrew Harrison rumors
For much of the regular season, Kentucky coach John Calipari has been telling NBA executives that his prized twin guards—Aaron and Andrew Harrison—would be returning to Lexington for their sophomore season. But a source close to the process told Sporting News that no such decision has been made yet, especially with the Wildcats heading into the Final Four. Sporting News
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
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
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
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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