ZagsBlog posted an article Saturday afternoon quoting a “Division I source close to the recruitment” of the Harrison twins and that source’s opinion of where the two recruits would end up. The gist of the story is the twins want to commit to Kentucky, while their father wants them to pick the Maryland Terrapins.
Whether true or not, that’s a narrative that’s been out there for a while, though Zags might be the first to get a direct quote to that effect. Aaron Harrison Sr. has well-known roots in Baltimore and a long-standing relationship with Maryland coach Mark Turgeon. The father has also said publicly that this decision will be up to Aaron and Andrew.
One interesting item in the ZagsBlog story is the idea that the Harrisons are trying to commit to Kentucky before other players at their position, and that any other commitments to UK could have an effect on the outcome of their recruitment.
The source said the twins originally wanted to announce before October in part to pre-empt any other recruits from picking Kentucky first.
“They were trying to beat James Young,” the source said. “James is gonna pop here soon.”
When it comes to the Harrisons, when and where James Young commits is a moot point. The twins are John Calipari’s No. 1 targets at the guard position and that’s been the case for a long time now. If Young committed to UK tomorrow, it would be with the knowledge that the Harrison twins (and possibly Andrew Wiggins) could also commit to the Cats at any time, that Calipari would love to have those commitments, and that the twins would get the bulk of the playing time at the two guard spots in 2013-14.
Further contradicting the source’s point — as Zags points out later in the story — is that Young’s godfather has recently said that the Michigan native would have no problem co-existing with Wiggins and the Harrisons.
There will be a lot of speculation between now and Oct. 29, when the Harrisons are expected to announce. Unless it comes from someone in the Harrison family, it’s probably best to look at that speculation with a discerning eye.