Andrew and Aaron Harrison are ready to announce their college choices. Their list is at three -- Kentucky, Maryland and SMU -- and they'll make their decision public shortly after 5:00 ET.
John Calipari is recruiting at a ridiculous level right now and it's easy to figure out why. Calipari has created a platform that takes elite high school talents to college for one year and preps them for the NBA. In the past three NBA Draft's, Kentucky has had 11 players picked in the first round. When Calipari sat down the twins that number surely came up. On top of that, he likely showed the twins the recent line of point guards – Marquis Teague, Brandin Knight, John Wall – that he's coached. Plus, the Cats are coming off with a National Championship. That's an impressive pitch.
-Unofficial visit for 2011 midnight madness
-Calipari went in-home on Septmber 9th
-Harrison Sr. said Calipari has been in one other time
"Of course every kids dream is to play in the NBA. That is their dream and they definitely had that to sell." – Aaron Harrison Sr.
"They enjoyed their time there. They enjoyed the atmosphere when they went there." – Aaron Harrison Sr. on their trip to UK last year
"Kentucky is a great program with a great history. They've always had great guards in the past. John Calipari is a great coach and it's a great school." – Aaron Harrison on UK
It all stems from relationships. Mark Turgeon and Aaron Harrison Sr. developed a close bond, Bino Ranson and Harrison Sr. have known each other from their days in Baltimore and the twins' best friend – Shaquille Cleare – is currently a freshman at Maryland. On top of that Harrison Sr. grew up in Baltimore and still has family there. Nationally, many are trying to make this recruitment about Under Armour's involvement and sponsorship of the twins travel team. It's a minor detail. In fact, if the Harrison's were sponsored by Nike his final two schools would be the exact same.
-Unofficial in mid-June
-Unofficial visit to Texas A&M in October of 2010, when Turgeon was head coach
-In-home visit on September 10th
-Meeting with Harrison Sr. & twins October 3rd
"Of course they like where it's at. Shaq [Cleare] is one of their best friends. They've gotten a chance to know coach Turgeon. Those things have really went well for them." – Aaron Harrison Sr. on Maryland
"Me and Turg have a different relationship. It's a different relationship. It's more of friends from him being around Texas and us knowing each other. I think that went really well." – Aaron Harrison Sr. on Mark Turgeon
"Coach (Mark) Turgeon has been recruiting me since I was in 8th grade and we have a good relationship with him. Maryland is a great program as well." – Aaron Harrison on Maryland
Larry Brown and his staff at SMU did make a strong pitch. They made the final three and while most aren't giving the Mustangs a chance, they were able to get them on campus and conducted an in-home visit. Larry Brown's NBA experience certainly intrigued the twins and their father – Aaron Harrison Sr. In the end, I don't think it'll be enough for the twins to pick SMU.
-In-home September 12th
-Unofficial visit May 27th
"Larry Brown. That's easy." – Aaron Harrison Sr. on why SMU made final list
"Coach (Larry) Brown is probably one of the best coaches to ever coach the game. SMU is close to home." – Aaron Harrison on SMU
The race for the Andrew and Aaron Harrison is a lot closer than many realized. In fact, heading into a decision like this I usually have a pretty good idea where I think a recruit is going. With this one, I'm really not sure. As of printing of this article, I don't think either of the schools know definitively where the twins are going. Calipari rarely misses on recruitments of this magnitude and the Shabazz Muhammad recruitment is the only highly publicized recruit he's missed on recently. With that said, my prediction is Kentucky.