Aaron Harrison Rumors
Andrew Harrison heard his name called on NBA draft night. Brother Aaron Harrison, of course did not. The Kentucky basketball products are nonetheless now back in the same boat, set to fight for roster spots during NBA summer league play given Andrew’s draft choice at No. 44 overall — in the second round — doesn’t guarantee a contract. This time last year, he was projected as a first-rounder. “To be honest, all that really doesn’t matter,” Andrew Harrison said Monday while introduced as a Memphis Grizzlies guard. “I’m here now. I’m just happy to be here. You can’t really go back on the past. I’m just happy that I made the decision I made. I enjoyed college for two years, and now I’m just trying to make the team.”
Cliff Alexander, Aaron Harrison, Jamal Jones, Kenneth Smith, Corey Walden and Christian Wood will all work out for the Grizzlies on Monday, the team announced in a press release.
BDA Sports Day – Rookies: Andrew Harrison, Chasson Randle, Derrick Marks, Tyler Haws, Marko Mladjan, David Kravish, Joseph Young, Desi Washington, Aaron Harrison, Josh Richardson, Brandon Ashley, Vincent Hunter, Nnanna Egwu, Robert Upshaw, Kelly Oubre, Alex Zhigulin, Stanley Johnson, Frank Kaminsky.
Shams Charania: Kentucky sophomore guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison will enter the NBA Draft and have decided upon representation, sources told RealGM.
Calipari projects that Willie Cauley-Stein, Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Karl-Anthony Towns and Trey Lyles will declare for the NBA draft. He’s not so sure about Dakari Johnson and Devin Booker. “It’s time to take another step,” Cauley-Stein told reporters after the Wildcats’ loss to Wisconsin. “I mean, obviously, I’m not 100 percent on it, but I’m pretty sure I know what I want to do. Gotta talk to a couple more people, but probably was my last game here. “… You know, we’ll never be on the same team like this again. That’s going to set in. We got a month of school left with each other, and that’s it. I mean, that’s what you’ll remember.”
Chris Mannix: Spoke to six NBA execs about Harrison twins. Four said both were second round picks. Two said maybe back of first, but most likely second.
Twin guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison said they need to meet with their family, same as last year when they surprised many and returned for a sophomore season. But a tough call is made even tougher now because Andrew is the only brother currently forecast to be picked in 2015 – and only barely, as he’s outside the top 50 prospects. “I think I gotta take some time,” Aaron said, “because you can’t make the right decision with emotion on you.”
Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller both say that Andrew and Aaron Harrison should remain at Kentucky for their junior seasons instead of entering the NBA Draft. “I think they should stay,” Miller told SNY.tv at at the NCAA Tournament Media Day Tuesday in New York. “I think Aaron’s probably a little bit more ready than Andrew, but if they want to be a package deal and come out together, then they both should wait.”
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.