Twins To Return

Expressing a desire to finish the national championship run that just barely eluded them this season, Kentucky twin guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison announced Friday that they would return to the Wildcats for their sophomore seasons.

Expressing a desire to finish the national championship run that just barely eluded them this season, Kentucky twin guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison announced Friday that they would return to the Wildcats for their sophomore seasons.

"I'm coming back for a second season in large part because last year's title run was special, but we still have unfinished business," said Aaron Harrison, who hit memorable 3-pointers late in UK's tournament wins over Louisville, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Aaron Harrison started all 40 games at shooting guard for the Cats in 2013-14, averaging 13.7 points and 3.0 rebounds per game while shooting 36 percent from 3-point range and 79 percent at the line. He had a season-high 28 points on Nov. 17 against Robert Morris and seven other 20-plus scoring performances on the season.

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Andrew Harrison started 39 games at the point, posting 10.9 points and 4.0 assists per game while shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 76 percent at the line. He had a season-high 26 points on Jan. 18 against Tennessee and closed his season with a 49:33 assist-to-turnover ratio in tournament play, including nine against Georgia in the SEC Tournament.

"I'm excited about Aaron and Andrew's decision to return for next season," UK coach John Calipari said. "Their postseason play was a result of the improvement they made all season and displayed what they're capable of doing on the court. I look forward to having the opportunity to work with them during the summer and watch them lead next year's team."

The Texas natives had received a long look from NBA scouts, but were not projected to be taken in the first round. Only players selected in the first round receive guaranteed contracts for their first three years in the league.

With the Harrisons' announcement, six of Kentucky's eight players who received NBA scouts' attention late in the season have opted to play another year in Lexington. Previously, sophomores Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress and freshmen Dakari Johnson and Marcus Lee confirmed their intentions to return to the Cats.

Kentucky is set to return 67 percent of its assists (300), 65 percent of minutes played, 59 percent of its scoring (1,773) and 54 percent of its rebounds (872) produced from its Final Four squad.

Additional returnees include freshmen Dominque Hawkins, Derek Willis and EJ Floreal, who all saw action this season. The Cats also have the current No. 2 recruiting class in the country featuring four McDonald's All-Americans in Devin Booker, Trey Lyles, Karl Towns Jr. and Tyler Ulis.


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