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The most valuable recruit in class of 2013 may surprise

Jul 19, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

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There is nothing about the 2013 class that is set in stone as the summer evaluation periods progresses, but one thing appears to be clear, that the most important recruit isn’t Sports Illustrated cover boy Jabari Parker or ironman power forward Julius Randle.

That would be either Andrew or Aaron Harrison. It’s like this:

The 6-4 twin brothers from Travis (Texas) are considered by many to be top-5 recruits, but there isn’t a reputable source that considers either No. 1 overall. But the twins are a package deal. If a college gets one twin, they get the other. Land one top-5 player and automatically snag another? That’s an incredible value.

Both pack over 210 pounds on to their muscular frames, and while scouts generally consider Andrew the point guard and Aaron the shooting guard, the reality is that both players are combo guards who feed off each other. Aaron is the more prolific outside shooter and Andrew a dime dropper when not crashing to the rim, but both work in concert with each other, as one would expect twins to do.

Their skill level, advanced physique and bullish style of play have turned heads playing for their father on the Houston Defenders this summer, to the detriment of their opponents.

Kentucky, Maryland, Baylor or Villanova are the schools chasing the twins. When they decide, that school will have at least one full season with what conservatively a top-10 backcourt in college basketball and what seems likely to be at least a top-5 recruiting class, regardless of where they end up.

Yes, others in the class may have the highest long term NBA potential (the aforementioned Randle has a strong argument), but with both twins headed to the same college, a Harrison has to be the most important recruit to be landed in the 2013 class.

(Photo from The Hoop Doctors)

Kellon Hassenstab runs Hoopniks.com. Follow him on Twitter @hoopniks.

  1. imforbigblue - Jul 19, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    There coming to PG U and that’s UK

    • florida727 - Jul 21, 2012 at 9:38 PM

      Leave it to a Kentucky fan to ignorantly butcher the English language yet again. Unfortunately he/she is probably right… THEY’RE going to play for Calipari.

  2. tomtravis76 - Jul 19, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    The Under Armour connection is real strong for these boys to end up at MD. Kentucky is Kentucky and you can’t go wrong playing for Coach Cal. The additions of Cuse and Pitt are only going to make the ACC stronger and a better conference for the twins to build on their game. Whichever school gets them will get two excellent players, just hope it is the Terps.

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