Harrison Twins, Shaquille Cleare visit Kansas

It's not every college basketball coach who would trot himself out in front of 16,000 fans dressed in parachute pants and a matching jacket colored so brightly gold as to make MC Hammer blush.

But then again, Bill Self isn't just any college basketball coach.

Twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison are two of the top basketball prospects in the Class of 2013 and, as such, have had the opportunity to be recruited by most of the most recognizable programs and coaches in the sport.

Along with AAU teammate and friend Shaquille Cleare – a 2012 stud big man – the trio attended "Late Night in the Phog" Friday night with their coach and father, Aaron Harrison, Sr.

It was the quartet's first experience with Lawrence, Kan. and the University of Kansas, and when asked what stood out the most about the event, the elder Harrison pointed to Self's cameo as perhaps the most famous musical one-hit wonder in history – Vanilla Ice.

"Coach, he did a little skit (Friday night), an MC Hammer skit," Aaron Harrison, Sr. said. "He came out in an unbelievable get up. He doesn't take himself as seriously, it's not 'me, me, me' all about myself. He's human to do those things."

Athletes from the big city – the talented Texas trio all hail from the Houston area – all seem to have a different notion of what to expect from the Sunflower State, but Harrison, Sr. said he actually appreciated the small-town vibe of Lawrence.

"In my case, I'd rather them be in a smaller-city kind of situation," he explained, a native of inner-city Baltimore himself. "So there are not so many things going on."

"That's our first time seeing something like that," he added, of Late Night. "It was over the top."

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