NCB On The Trail: aaron harrison

In order to return to the NCAA tournament, a team needs contributions from both returning players and incoming recruits. Here's a look at Kentucky and its chances of dancing again in 2015.

Quick references:
2013-14 roster
2014 recruiting

Possible 2014-15 starting five:
G: Andrew Harrison
G: Aaron Harrison
F: Alex Poythress
F: Trey Lyles
C: Willie Cauley-Stein/Dakari Johnson


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Breaking down the new 2015 ESPN 60 

September, 25, 2013
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Malik NewmanAP Photo/Charles SmithCallaway, Miss., shooting guard Malik Newman might be No. 1 in the 2015 ESPN 60, but a deep class of big men will challenge him for that spot over the next 18 months.
We’ve processed a full summer worth of action and now our updated ESPN 60 includes the top national prospects in the 2015 recruiting class. Here’s 10 things every college basketball fan should know as this class heads into its junior season:

1. A battle for the top spot

There’s a new No. 1 in town, and while Paul Biancardi breaks down why Malik Newman (Jackson, Miss./Callway) is the new top dog, I’m here to tell you this race is far from over. The previous No. 1 Ivan Rabb (Oakland, Calif./Bishop O’Dowd) is going to want his title back, and no one is making a more aggressive charge to the top of the rankings than Stephen Zimmerman (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman) who has been coming on strong all spring and summer. Ben Simmons (Melbourne, Australia/Montverde Academy), Diamond Stone (Milwaukee/Dominican), and Elijah Thomas (Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster) are three other guys who will challenge in the coming 18 months as the top spot is still very much up for grabs moving forward in the 2015 class.


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Kentucky should be just fine 

September, 12, 2013
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Six months ago, John Calipari seemed virtually invincible on the recruiting trail. He was riding a wave of momentum fueled by his 2012 national championship, incredible recent success in the NBA draft, and being on the verge of delivering one of the top recruiting classes in the history of college basketball.

But then, unexpectedly, a few breaks went against Kentucky. Top-ranked Andrew Wiggins capped the 2013 class by picking Kansas, and then Calipari lost out to his former mentor, Larry Brown, as his top point guard target of 2014, Emmanuel Mudiay (Dallas/Prime Prep Academy), picked SMU last month.

So have Calipari and Kentucky lost a step?


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'Cats ink three more to top class 

April, 18, 2013
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Kentucky head coach John Calipari announced the signing of three more student-athletes on Thursday to the top-ranked class in the country.


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Kentucky's Mr. Basketball picks 'Cats 

April, 10, 2013
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Senior point guard Dominique Hawkins (Richmond, Ky./Madison Central) announced his commitment to the University of Kentucky on Wednesday morning, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.


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Team USA announces Hoop Summit squad

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USA Basketball announced on Sunday the roster for its 2013 USA Junior National Select Team that will take on the World Select Team in the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit, and the USA will be led by two coaches and four players with prior international basketball experience, including USA medalists and prep standouts Aaron Gordon (Archbishop Mitty H.S./San Jose, Calif.), Rondaé Hollis-Jefferson (Chester H.S./Chester, Pa.), Jabari Parker (Simeon Career Academy/Chicago, Ill.) and Julius Randle (Prestonwood Christian Academy/ McKinney, Texas).

The U.S. roster also features 2012 USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team Training Camp participants Aaron (Travis H.S./ Richmond, Texas) and Andrew Harrison (Travis H.S./Richmond, Texas), as well as USA Basketball newcomers Kasey Hill (Montverde Academy/Eustis, Fla.), Demetrius Jackson (Marian H.S./Mishawaka, Ind.), Bobby Portis (Hall H.S./Little Rock, Ark.) and Noah Vonleh (New Hampton School, N.H./Haverhill, Mas.).

The 2013 Nike Hoop Summit will be played at 4 p.m. (PDT) on Saturday, April 20 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore.

Kentucky's top-ranked class is official 

November, 15, 2012
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Kentucky head coach John Calipari officially announced his 2013 recruiting class on Thursday.

The defending national champions' No. 1 ranked class features the No. 1 PG Andrew Harrison (Richmond, Texas/Travis) and the No. 1 SG Aaron Harrison (Richmond, Texas/Travis).

"Aaron is more of a scoring guard who can make shots and make plays at the rim," Calipari said. "He can also play some point in a pinch. Like his brother, Andrew, he has the ability to physically dominate the opponent. Andrew comes in ready to play physically at the point-guard position. He's a driver, slasher and playmaker with great size. He and his brother Aaron have the ability to be great on-ball defenders."

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Kentucky adds four-star Marcus Lee 

October, 17, 2012
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ESPN 100 power forward Marcus Lee (Antioch, Calif./Deer Valley) announced his decision to attend Kentucky on Wednesday, ESPN.com has confirmed.

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RecruitingNation to feature top uncommitted players 

September, 20, 2012
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ESPNU's Recruiting Nation program will air on Thursday at 5 p.m. ET and feature ESPN's top analysts discussing some of the top recruiting stories of the week.

National Recruiting Director Paul Biancardi and Senior Analyst Dave Telep will break down the top uncommitted players in the 2013 class, including Jabari Parker (Chicgao/Simeon), Andrew and Aaron Harrison (Richmond, Texas/Travis), Julius Randle (Dallas/Prestonwood Christian), James Young (Rochester, Mich./Rochester) and Aaron Gordon (San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty).

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Harrison twins trim list to three 

September, 13, 2012
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Things are starting to unfold quickly for Aaron and Andrew Harrison (Richmond, Texas/Travis). The family conference calls are complete and so are the home visits. Kentucky, Maryland, Baylor, Villanova and SMU all came in and sold their programs to the Harrison family.

But according to the twins' father, as of Thursday evening they have officially trimmed their list to two favorites and a distant third contender. Kentucky and Maryland are at the top of the list, while SMU is in third, said Aaron Harrison Sr.

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On Saturday, star twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison (Richmond, Texas/Travis) held a conference call with family members to discuss the five finalists they are seriously considering: SMU, Kentucky, Villanova, Maryland and Baylor.

Andrew is ranked No. 2 in the ESPN 100, while Aaron is No. 4.

According to the twins' father, each school was discussed in great detail and graded based on what was important to the twins and their family support system. Next up are face-to-face home visits that will seal the deal for the lucky program that will land these two stud guards. Sunday, Monday and Wednesday are the dates set for home visits, and by Wednesday all five schools will have made it in to make their case.

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I just had a great conversation with Aaron Harrison, the father of Aaron and Andrew Harrison (Richmond, Texas/Travis), who said they have a family conference call scheduled for this Saturday with their "inner circle" of family.

The twins and their immediate family will discuss what is important to them in each of the five schools they are considering and give each school a grade. Aaron and Andrew will attend the same school and provide them with immediate impact elite guard play the moment they step on campus. The schools that will be discussed and graded are SMU, Maryland, Kentucky, Villanova and Baylor.

Andrew is the elite point guard and Aaron an elite shooting guard. They both can easily play both guard positions and excel and at very high level. They both are multiple position defenders and their size, skill and toughness is what coaches dream about having on their team.

This will be fun to watch unfold and see who will be the happiest coach in America Larry Brown, Mark Turgeon, John Calipari, Jay Wright or Scott Drew. Stay Tuned!

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Twins Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison (Richmond, Texas/Travis), the No. 2 and No. 4 overall players in the 2013 class, told Paul Biancardi at the Elite 24 this weekend that they will be making an official visit to Villanova.

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