The Harrison twins’ draft stock for 2014 remains in doubt, with the latest example being the newly updated player rankings from ESPN’s Chad Ford.
On Wednesday, Ford released his new “Big Board” for this year’s NBA Draft. It showed Andrew Harrison at No. 30 — the last pick of the first round — and Aaron Harrison was not listed at all. Andrew and Aaron were No. 30 and 40, respectively, in Ford’s updated Top 100 player rankings also released Wednesday.
In his online chat later in the day, Ford was asked, “Where do you see the Harrison twins going?”
His response got right to the point.
“Hopefully back to Kentucky for their sophomore seasons,” he said. “Neither looks ready to play in the NBA right now. If they declared for the draft? Probably late first round to early second.”
Neither Harrison was listed in the latest 2014 mock draft from DraftExpress.com, which was released earlier this week. Both players were considered top-20 picks in the 2015 draft by that website.
There’s still plenty of time for the Harrisons to turn to corner and meet the one-and-done expectations they had coming out of high school. If they were to return for their sophomore seasons, the twins would join Dominique Hawkins and incoming freshmen Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker to form what would have to be one of the best backcourts in the country.
In addition to Andrew Harrison, Ford’s Big Board shows Julius Randle, Willie Cauley-Stein and James Young as first-round picks. Other UK players in Ford’s Top 100 rankings are Alex Poythress (40th), Dakari Johnson (41st) and Marcus Lee (65th).