Five quick-hitters from Thursday's televised commitments from Texas twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison and what it means for the UK program:
1. No. 1 With A Bullet… Like any random Beatles tune released in the mid-60s, Kentucky instantly jumped to No. 1 on the charts by adding FoxSportsNEXT's No. 2 and No. 3 prospects in one swoop. The Wildcats were previously outside the 2013 team rankings with only one verbal commitment – homegrown talent Derek Willis from Bullitt East High School – but they are now in a position to reel in the fifth-consecutive top-ranked class since John Calipari arrived in Lexington. They may have actually ensured it with the Harrisons jumping on the bus. With the exception of Florida, who has landed commitments from Kasey Hill and Chris Walker, no other school is likely to sign two Top 10 players in this class. The Cats, meanwhile, are still in the running for Julius Randle (4), Aaron Gordon (5) and James Young (9). And that's not even including Andrew Wiggins, who inherits the No. 1 spot if he reclassifies from 2014 to 2013. If Calipari gets even just a couple of these guys to join the Harrisons and Willis, you're talking about, on paper, the potential for the best recruiting class in basketball history. The Big Blue Nation had a fairly good idea that recruiting would get a big boost from Coach Cal, but did anyone envision this annual parade of elite talent?
2. Two Cats, One Stone… Recruiting is never easy, even for someone as skilled as Calipari. One can only imagine how giddy he was a couple of years ago to find these two studs living under the same roof and highly interested in his program. Can you imagine what UK's rivals must be thinking? "Geez. At least make this guy punch two addresses into his Garmin if he's going to see the nation's top point guard and top shooting guard." Many longtime recruiting observers believe the Harrisons are the best set of twins to ever enter the college game. The Lopez twins at Stanford and the Morris twins at Kansas were previously considered the best, but none of them were ever this highly-regarded coming out of high school. And usually, when it comes to twins, you have one player significantly better than the other. But if you watched the Harrisons play 10 times, you might come away thinking Andrew is the better player five times, Aaron on five other occasions.
3. Point Guard U... Or would that be Point Guard Guru? It's a little of both now. Andrew Harrison gives UK its fourth No. 1 point guard in five years under Calipari, who previously signed John Wall, Brandon Knight and Marquis Teague and also reeled in Tyreke Evans and Derrick Rose at Memphis. The only time he didn't land the top point guard in the last seven years was the Class of 2012, which was widely regarded as subpar at the position. Instead, Calipari brought in former five-star prospect Ryan Harrow via transfer from N.C. State.
4. The Right Stuff… The Harrisons said they had a tough choice between UK and Maryland, but the Cats proved to be the better fit. This is true for a number of reasons. We already covered Calipari's history with point guards above, but it goes well beyond that, especially when you factor Aaron into the equation. The twins are fierce competitors who hate to lose. (Sound familiar, BBN?) Many players who sign with Kentucky are overwhelmed by the fan base and its collective expectation to win each and every time the Cats step on the floor. The Harrisons won't back down from that. They'll embrace it. While it's true they ultimately want to achieve their dream of being a top draft pick in the NBA, their journey won't feel complete without winning an NCAA championship. They're also big, physical guards (6-5, 205) who have the potential to be elite defenders with their combination of athleticism and length. Calipari won't have to prod them to give it up on the defensive end of the floor. They'll come ready to lead in that regard.
5. Texas Connections… Everyone thinks of the Lone Star State as a "football state," and that's probably hard to argue when you consider the heart and soul of its residents. Football will always be king in Texas. But somewhat overlooked is the tremendous amount of basketball talent the state has produced in recent years. Landing the Harrisons could open up more doors for UK, which is also pursuing Randle at Plano's Prestonwood Christian Academy and five-star 2014 point guard Emmanuel Mudiay at Grace Prep in Arlington. There have only been two Texas products play for the Cats over the years, Bob Burrow in the 50s and Jeff Brassow in the 90s. UK could double or triple that number in the next couple of years.
Take 5: Quick-hitters on Harrison Twins
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