Oct 4, 2012, 5:33 PM EDT
In one of the most important recruiting decisions in recent history, twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison (Richmond, Texas) have verbally committed to attend Kentucky.
The twins, who are both consensus Top 5 prospects and announced their decision on ESPNU, picked the reigning national champions over Maryland and SMU.
“We just sat down one night and decided that we wanted to go somewhere [where we knew] we could win as soon as we get there,” said Aaron on the telecast.
Calipari wins another high-profile recruiting battle, and landing the twins makes Kentucky a national title contender as soon as they arrive on campus next year.
“I think Coach Calipari presented a challenge for us and he just told us from day one it was going to be tough and he was going to push us every day,” said Andrew.
“And that’s what we really wanted to hear. We just want to become better players.”
In three seasons in Lexington, Calipari has seen 15 players selected in the NBA Draft and that track record has an impact on many of the nation’s most talented prospects.
The Harrison twins join Derek Willis in the Wildcats’ 2013 class and they certainly aren’t done either.
Aaron Gordon, Julius Randle, Marcus Lee and James Young are four other elite prospects who hold offers from Kentucky, and it still remains to be seen if 2014 stud Andrew Wiggins makes the move back into the 2013 class.
There’s also the matter of who leaves/returns to Lexington after this season, but with the players committed and who is remaining on the board the Wildcats will be OK.
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