One of the most anticipated announcements of the 2013 recruiting cycle will happen this week.
Andrew and Aaron Harrison, the top two guards in the country, will announce their college decision Thursday at 5 p.m. on ESPNU’s Recruiting Nation program. The players will choose between Kentucky and Maryland. SMU is still on their list, but the Mustangs are seen as an extreme long shot.
ESPNU began televising a commercial Monday afternoon promoting the show. Later Monday, Andrew Harrison tweeted, “Thursday will be the toughest decision I ever had to make but I’m looking forward to it.”
An ESPN spokeswoman confirmed to the Herald-Leader that the Harrisons will announce their decision via a live video feed sometime during Thursday’s show. The plan is to have them announce from their high school in Houston.
The Harrison twins have visited Kentucky twice, including a trip to see last year’s Big Blue Madness. The twins also have strong family ties to Maryland and a longtime relationship with Terrapins coach Mark Turgeon. Scout.com’s Evan Daniels reported Tuesday that Turgeon will make one last visit to see the Harrisons on Wednesday, the day before their decision.
It’s long been speculated that UK is the leader for the Harrisons, who will likely start as freshmen for whichever school they choose. Further stoking that speculation is the fact that John Calipari is not actively pursuing any other point guards from the class of 2013.
But Aaron Harrison Sr., the players’ father, told the Herald-Leader last month that the speculation was overblown.
“There’s no conversation from anybody named Harrison that says, ‘this school is the leader,’” he said. “Until then, you’re wasting your time.”
We’ll all find out for sure on Thursday.