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Dec 132013
 
Photo: Associated Press

Photo: Associated Press

Their freshman season is only 10 games old, but Andrew and Aaron Harrison apparently haven’t made a great early impression on NBA scouts.

Projected as lottery picks before the season began, neither UK guard is mentioned in the latest 2014 mock draft from DraftExpress.com, which was updated Friday.

Instead, Aaron is listed as the No. 14 overall pick in the 2015 draft, while Andrew is projected as the No. 22 selection in that draft. That scenario, of course, would mean that the Harrison twins return to Kentucky for another season in 2014-15.

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Aug 242013
 
Aaron Harrison, left, and his brother Andrew are projected to be one-and-done players at Kentucky. Photo: Associated Press

Aaron Harrison, left, and his brother Andrew are projected to be one-and-done players at Kentucky.
Photo: Associated Press

The Harrison twins have arrived in Lexington.

Five-star freshman guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison — the subjects of much speculation over the summer — posed for pictures with UK fans at the popular off-campus restaurant Tolly Ho on Saturday. The Harrison twins were both considered top-10 prospects in the Class of 2013 and will be expected to start right away during their first season at Kentucky.

The Harrisons and James Young did not take summer classes at UK with the rest of their fellow freshmen, which led to speculation about their eligibility for the 2013-14 season. Young posted a picture of his official acceptance letter earlier this month and his coach and godfather recently told the Herald-Leader that he would be on campus in time for the fall semester. People close to the Harrison twins have given similar assurances in recent weeks.

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Wiggins helps World win another Hoop Summit

 Posted by at 9:50 PM on April 20, 2013  2 Responses »
Apr 202013
 
UK signee Andrew Harrison scored 19 points for Team USA on Saturday night.  Photo: Sam Forencich/USA Basketball

UK signee Andrew Harrison scored 19 points for Team USA on Saturday night.
Sam Forencich/USA Basketball

Andrew Wiggins helped lead the World Select team to a victory in the Nike Hoop Summit for the second consecutive year Saturday.

Wiggins scored 17 points to go with nine rebounds and four assists for the World, which won 112-98 over a Team USA squad that included UK signees Julius Randle, Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison.

UK commitment Karl Towns – whose mother is from the Dominican Republic – had seven points, four rebounds and four assists off the bench for the World team.

Wiggins, a native of Canada, scored 20 points to lead the World to a win over Team USA in last year’s Nike Hoop Summit, which is played in Portland, Ore.

Randle and Andrew Harrison each scored 19 points for the U.S., which was led by Duke commitment Jabari Parker’s 22 points. Randle had a team-high eight rebounds and Harrison dished out a team-high five assists.

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Apr 012013
 

CHICAGO — Aaron Harrison frowned and shook his head when the subject came up. Julius Randle just looked at the floor and chuckled.

Nobody knows where it all got started. Randle and the Harrison twins just want it to end.

The trio spent the last few months hearing and reading about how they were engaged in a bitter feud. Three Texas superstars on two sides of the ball with the one certainty being that they would never play for the same school.

There was zero truth to any of it, they say.

“That was a terrible rumor,” Aaron Harrison told the Herald-Leader. “It’s always been a lie.”

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Apr 012013
 

CHICAGO — McDonald’s All-Americans Julius Randle and Andrew Harrison were all smiles when told Monday that freshman center Willie Cauley-Stein would return to UK for another season.

“I’m happy about that — Willie staying,” Randle said. “Next year, we’ll have a lot of guys who can do a lot of different things. I think it’ll be tough to match up with us.”

As the probable starting point guard, it will be Harrison’s job to make sure everybody meshes on the court. He’s looking forward to adding Cauley-Stein to the mix of five-star high school recruits UK has coming in.

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Mar 202013
 

Less than an hour after Julius Randle committed to Kentucky on Wednesday, future UK father Aaron Harrison Sr. received an incoming call from a familiar phone number.

It was Carolyn Kyles, Randle’s mother, and she wanted to let the father of UK signees Andrew and Aaron Harrison know that all of their children would soon be teammates.

The friendly chat didn’t fit the story that’s been so popular for the last few months. The one that painted Randle and the Harrisons as bitter rivals on the Texas AAU circuit who didn’t get along and would never play at the same school.

Apparently, it was all just another tall tale from the recruiting trail.

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Mar 202013
 

With the addition of Julius Randle, UK’s recruiting class of 2013 now consists of seven players — six of whom are McDonald’s All-Americans.

Here’s a closer look at the next wave of Wildcats:

UK’s recruiting class of 2013
Player Pos Ht Wt Hometown Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Aaron Harrison SG 6-5 205 Houston, Texas 4 4 7 3
Andrew Harrison PG 6-5 205 Houston, Texas 5 3 5 4
Dakari Johnson C 6-11 250 New York City 13 18 11 13
Marcus Lee F 6-9 200 Antioch, Calif. 18 21 18 9
Julius Randle PF 6-8 240 Plano, Texas 2 5 3 2
Derek Willis SF 6-9 200 Mt. Washington, Ky. 129 64
James Young G/F 6-6 200 Rochester, Mich. 10 10 6 11
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Mar 192013
 
Aaron Harrison, left, and his brother Andrew have already signed to play for Kentucky next season. Photo: Associated Press

Aaron Harrison, left, and his brother Andrew have signed to play for Kentucky next season.
Photo: Associated Press

Much has been made of the relationship between Julius Randle and the Harrison twins.

We know they’ve been rivals since early in their basketball careers, when they played the first of many games against each other on the Texas AAU circuit. There have been several stories suggesting that Randle and the twins don’t get along, although all three players have repeatedly denied it.

Earlier this season, Randle’s longtime AAU coach Scott Pospichal talked to the Herald-Leader about the dynamic between his player and the Harrisons.

Here are some takeaways from that discussion, with Pospichal putting the relationships in a deeper context:

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Mar 122013
 
Huntington Prep forward Andrew Wiggins is one of six finalists for the Morgan Wootten Player of the Year Award. Photo: Matt Goins

Huntington Prep forward Andrew Wiggins is one of six finalists for the Morgan Wootten Player of the Year Award.
Photo: Matt Goins

Three future Kentucky Wildcats and two uncommitted UK recruits are among the six finalists for the Morgan Wootten Player of the Year award.

The list of finalists released Tuesday includes UK signees Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, UK commitment Dakari Johnson, uncommitted targets Andrew Wiggins and Aaron Gordon, and Duke commitment Jabari Parker.

UK women’s signee Linnae Harper is among six finalists for the girls’ award.

The winners will be announced March 18.

No UK player has ever won the award, which was first given to Shane Battier in 1997 and is named for legendary coach Morgan Wootten of  DeMatha High School in Maryland.

Past winners include Jay Williams (1999), LeBron James (2003), Dwight Howard (2004), Greg Oden (2006) and Shabazz Muhammad (2012). Duke players have won the award five of out of 16 times.

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Mar 042013
 
UK recruit Julius Randle tweeted this photo of him kissing the state championship trophy after Saturday's win.

UK recruit Julius Randle tweeted a photo of himself kissing the state championship trophy Saturday. Randle scored 34 points in the title game.

Wrapping up the biggest storylines of the weekend …

First, if you haven’t read it yet make sure you check out our Recruiting Predictions article from Sunday night. Several top national recruiting writers were kind enough to give us their thoughts on where Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle and Aaron Gordon will end up. (My predictions are in there too).

UK didn’t get a chance to see Dominique Hawkins over the weekend. The 2013 guard played games Friday and Saturday night in Richmond, and the Cats’ road contest in Arkansas meant no one from the UK staff could attend. After the Friday game, Hawkins told the Herald-Leader: “Since I was a little kid — I grew up as a Kentucky fan. It’s been my dream school.” UK will have no excuse for missing him this week. Hawkins and Madison Central play Wayne County at noon Wednesday in the first game of the Sweet Sixteen in Rupp Arena. UK’s next game isn’t until Thursday night at Georgia.

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