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2013 guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison verbally commit to attend Kentucky

Oct 4, 2012, 5:33 PM EDT

Harrison Twins AP

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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  1. kingghidora - Oct 4, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    UK has a chance of landing a truly historic class for next season. But with the twins UK is already a solid team. A great guard combination like that can make for a great team all on their own. But I get the feeling this is just the first shoe to drop. With a couple of top recruits to go with whatever players stay from this year’s team UK could easily start next season ranked in the top 3 just like they have this year. Cal has done a magnificent job for the Cats. UK fans have to be thrilled with his success. If they aren’t then all those people who slam UK fans for wanting a title every year might be right after all. But then again UK could rack up a few titles in a hurry too. The twins said they would be spending the next 4 years at UK. If they stay that long I have little doubt there will be at least one more title coming.

  2. arlingtonsynn - Oct 4, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    I wonder if Calipari brought one check or two….

    • ravenscaps48 - Oct 4, 2012 at 7:47 PM

      I will not be surprised if a “Cam Newton” type of scandal pops up in the next two years… How the hell did these kids choose KY over Maryland? Yeah. I truly did. EVERYTHING was in MD’a favor. Their Grandparents live in Baltimore, Turgeon started recruiting them since they were in the 7th Grade, they played AAU Ball with Shaquille Cleare (MD Star Recruit) and they have ties to Under Armour….. Everything was lined up

      • rankinj211 - Oct 4, 2012 at 8:27 PM

        Let me explain how these guys chose UK. “Joe Anyone” is top of his class in computer science. He has job offers on the table from Best Buy’s Geek Squad & Apple. Joe has shopped at Best Buy for years, they even sponsored his computer club! His grandparents live in the city where the position is and his best friend just took a job with them too. Where does “Joe Anyone” take the job…..Of course he takes the Apple job! When you are the best at what you do, you typically end up at the place where they do it the best. No need to cheat at UK. They offer world class facilities, a good education, the chance to compete for a national title every year and a very high probability of playing at the next level.

    • kingghidora - Oct 4, 2012 at 7:47 PM

      Yet it’s Duke that’s sitting on the NCAA hot seat for a player buying $100,000 worth of jewelry with what – meal money? One thing is for sure. You only brought one brain cell with you and it’s probably drunk.

    • sixft178lbs - Oct 4, 2012 at 9:56 PM

      don’t be hatin’

    • metalarmdad - Oct 5, 2012 at 1:08 AM

      He didn’t bring any checks, they will get their Race Horses later on when they purchase their farms after signing those LARGE NBA contracts.

  3. imforbigblue - Oct 4, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Really did this moron really say how did They pick UK over Maryland? I mean UK has only put 15 ppl in the NBA in three years two #1 picks and the #2 pick a national title. There’s not one thing Maryland could offer that UK couldn’t

  4. tomtravis76 - Oct 4, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Thats a big get for Cal, thought it was a lock for the Terps, they will have a nice year at UK. They made a great choice in UK.

    They might have gotten lost in the ACC schedule, one year in the SEC they can surely shine in college and head to the Association.

    And business is business, if they are a good fit for UA after their one year at UK then KP should ink them.But thowing egg on the owners face when he is trying to build a basketball brand, might not be a good business decision.

  5. imforbigblue - Oct 4, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    Don’t forget UNC passing out free grades to it’s football and basketball players but They call UK cheaters lol

  6. packerbadger - Oct 5, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Uh…..uh….. I don’t have to go to skool do I?

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