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Harrison twins awaiting feedback from NBA before deciding to return or declare

Apr 20, 2014, 12:51 PM EDT


Kentucky is still unsure of how its team will look next fall. With four recruits coming in, Marcus Lee and Willie Cauley-Stein both announcing they will return and James Young declaring for the 2014 NBA Draft, head coach John Calipari has already had some questions answered. 

Though his back court of Andrew and Aaron Harrison are still weighing their options. Their father, Aaron Sr. told Fox 26 in Houston that his sons are about halfway to making a decision. The Harrisons are waiting for feedback from the NBA before a decision will be made.

“I just sent the paperwork in two or three days ago,” Aaron Harrison Sr told Fox 26. “I talked to a gentleman at the NBA and he said he would get it to me as fast as possible and then we’ll go from there. 

“It’s important. You’re trying to find out what the prospects are for them and where they’ll be drafted and all those things.” 

The NCAA tournament run helped boost both of their stocks, though, still has neither listed in its latest mock draft while Sporting News has both projected as late first round picks — Andrew at No. 21 and Aaron four spots behind him.

“It’s basically my career really,” Aaron said. “Don’t leave anything out. Think about all the angles and everything that goes into it and just try to make the best choice for your family.”

“It’s tough,” Andrew added. “You got to keep praying on it and just keep talking with your family and see what’s the best thing for you and your family.”

If the Harrison twins were to enter June’s draft, Kentucky would rely on the incoming back court of point guard Tyler Ulis and sharpshooter Devin Booker next season.

The Harrison twins have until April 27 to declare for the NBA draft.

  1. wiskybuck - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Calapari would replace them in a heartbeat if he has better freshmen coming in. Then their stock goes down. Take the money while you can.

    • drg33 - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      Boy, the hicks in Kentucky are pretty sensitive with the thumbs down. This is a FACT. Tell me what happened to Kyle Wiltjer, Patrick Patterson a few years before, and if Ryan Harrow didn’t do Cal a favor because of his Dad and transfer, the same thing would have happened. At Kentucky, you are expected to come for one year and go to the NBA when the next crop of one and done’s comes in. If you don’t leave, you aren’t guaranteed a spot the next year. I’m not hating on it, simply stating the way it is.

      • dunkdynasty - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:03 AM

        Wow, terrible comment, drg. Maybe the worst comment I’ve ever seen on the internet. Your claim is that Cal takes kids for only one year and then forces them out. Well, let’s look at your examples there.

        1) Kyle Wiltjer – Played at UK two years before transferring because he wanted more minutes

        2) Patrick Patterson – Played at UK three years

        3) Ryan Harrow – serial transferrer, came from NC State, was on UK’s roster two years, then transferred again

        Sorry but you did not manage to name even a single one year player, let alone someone who Cal forced off the roster after one year.

      • dunkdynasty - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:49 PM

        Also, Patterson had graduated, by the way.

  2. driverrl - Apr 20, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    As A UK fan I want whats best for them. I think they could benefit with another year but if they feel that they are ready, I wish them the very best. I am grateful that they came to Kentucky to play and hope that all their NBA dreams come true.

  3. mikeherronsr - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:05 AM

    driverri – As a UK fan – I do not feel I am qualified to judge – would I like to see them stay – Yes – but I can not tell if they are “NBA” ready – Only the NBA can judge that

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