It wasn’t a surprise when Andrew and Aaron Harrison picked Kentucky over Maryland a couple years ago.
It was a surprise when they returned for their sophomore years, announced last season.
It shouldn’t be a surprise if they decide to return for their junior years.
Adam Zagoria recently had a quote from a veteran NBA scout that said both Harrison twins could use more time in college to grow their games, and scouts prefer Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis to the twins. He did say the Harrison brothers have improved but another year would only benefit them even more.
It shouldn’t be surprising for exactly that point. There’s room for improvement, and they can look to a teammate who made the same decision. Many fans and experts expected Willie Cauley-Stein to enter the NBA Draft last year, but he decided to bet on himself and return from an injury suffered last year. He’s now a projected top 10 pick in the NBA Draft.
The improvements need to be made. Right now, it’s easy to see what the Harrison brothers are exactly. Andrew Harrison is an oversized point guard who can get to the rim, doesn’t necessarily get his teammates open, but makes the right pass. He’s an average shooter, and that can be improved. On the flip side, Aaron Harrison is a streaky shooter who can attack the glass and constantly looks to score. He needs to become a more consistent shooter and show he can attack the basket more often.
The twins were once projected as lottery picks, as Gary Parrish had them there in June of 2013. The talent is there for the Texas natives to reach that type of potential. But, it’s not going to come after this season.
Perhaps the platoon system is helping the Harrison’s stock jump up a little due to the talent surrounding them. That’s another reason why returning to Lexington wouldn’t be a terrible idea. It wouldn’t be a shock for at least two or three players in the current rotation to return and compliment a recruiting class that includes Isaiah Briscoe, Charles Matthews and Skal Labissiere.
Another year of playing with this type of talent can let Kentucky head coach John Calipari hide some of the weaknesses for the Harrisons while improving their draft stock.
So, don’t be surprised if the twins quietly decide to come back for another year. It’s not a bad place to be. Plus, there’s always the chance of back-to-back championships.