NCB On The Trail: andrew harrison

It’s been a busy month for the top high school seniors in America.

First, it was the McDonald’s All American Game, then the Nike Hoop Summit and finally last week’s Jordan Brand Classic.

While these all-star-style games are mostly about show and only rarely about competition, they also serve as the first real opportunity that NBA scouts have to evaluate these prospects.

With the vast majority of the NBA’s 30 franchises having a consistent presence at all three events (both games and practices), we spoke to front-office personnel from five different teams to see their first impressions of the top players in the ESPN 100.

Here’s what they had to say:

Recruit and return: Kentucky 

April, 7, 2014
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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Starting 5: No one-and-done this time 

September, 17, 2013
This week's Starting 5 delves into Kentucky's newest point guard, the reasoning behind banning college coaches from non-scholastic workouts and wraps up the weekend that was.

UK, Ulis make long-term decisions
There's a process that happens each year: Kentucky looks for a new point guard. For John Calipari, the revolving door at the point began at Memphis and transitioned to Lexington. Calipari has targeted super-human No. 1 draft picks (Derrick Rose and John Wall) and plenty who proved to be human and went merely in the first round. Either way, the coach has been recruiting one-and-doners for more than a half decade.

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'Cats ink three more to top class 

April, 18, 2013
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
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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Biancardi's Breakdown: Point Guards 

March, 5, 2013

The most important position on the basketball court when it comes to winning games is point guard. They come in all shapes and sizes with different talents, but the one common denominator is that a good point guard is a must in recruiting.

Here is a look at five of the nation’s top point guards in the Class of 2013, what each does better than anyone in the country and what they’ll bring to their college teams next season.

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Team USA announces Hoop Summit squad

January, 21, 2013

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.

Biancardi’s Breakdown: Andrew Harrison 

December, 3, 2012

Kentucky-bound Andrew Harrison (Richmond, Texas/Travis), the No. 1 point guard in the 2013 ESPN 100, is special for many reasons.

First are his physical tools. He’s 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, which is elite size for the position and gives him a college-ready body from the start. Next, he understands the game and what the point guard position is all about. As a lead guard he brings high-level ball-handling, passing and scoring to the floor.

But his success goes much deeper than just those attributes. So what exactly makes him such a special prospect? Here are five skills Harrison uses to enhance his performance as the nation’s best point guard.

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Kentucky's top-ranked class is official 

November, 15, 2012
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
ESPN 100 power forward Marcus Lee (Antioch, Calif./Deer Valley) announced his decision to attend Kentucky on Wednesday, has confirmed.

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Jackson's decision to highlight RecruitingNation 

September, 27, 2012
Thursday's RecruitingNation on ESPNU will be highlighted by the announcement of point guard Demetrius Jackson (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian).

The 19th ranked player in the ESPN 100 will decide between Illinois and Notre Dame.

ESPN's National Recruiting Director Paul Biancardi will break down Jackson's decision and also analyze the top remaining point guards in the 2013 class. Some names include Andrew Harrison (Richmond, Texas/Travis), Roddy Peters (District Heights, Md./Suitland) and Stevie Clark (Oklahoma City, Okla./Douglass).

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RecruitingNation to feature top uncommitted players 

September, 20, 2012
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
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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Harrison twins discuss five finalists 

September, 8, 2012
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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