NCAA Basketball Futures Picks: Should the Harrison Brothers Have Stayed at Kentucky?

Joe Catalano

Saturday, May 16, 2015 4:24 PM UTC

Saturday, May. 16, 2015 4:24 PM UTC

Now that the Harrison twins from Kentucky's NCAA Basketball team have declared eligible for the NBA Draft, what does this mean for the betting landscape next season?

A Big Risk?
According to one source, point guard, Andrew Harrison is projected as the 43rd best NBA prospect and brother Aaron would be projected at number 60. That's a big risk to take as one or both could possibly not be drafted at all and would have to take the free agent route. I've seen this before and the player regrets that they didn't stay in college another season.

The Harrisons faced a tough decision as most of the Kentucky freshman decided to declare for the NBA, and the prospect of playing another season in college and possibly being knocked out of the Big Dance by a team such as Wisconsin didn't seem appealing. Basically, it's a lack of patience, immaturity, and "money talks".

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One More Season At UK?
If you look at the statistics of the players on Kentucky, they're deceiving as players such as Karl- AnthonyTowns and Willie Cauley-Stein didn't score as much as an Aaron Harrison, but the Kentucky team was so deep, nobody was going to be a 20 point scorer and these players have size and talent, and are better suited for the next level.

On Kentucky, Aaron Harrison led the Wildcats at 11 points per game and shot just under 40% from the field. Andrew Harrison averaged 9.3 points and 3.6 assists per game. He also shot under 40% from the field. This is not to say that either of these players couldn't hit a big shot. Both players came up big in the 71-64 loss in the Final Four to Wisconsin as they both scored in double figures, but these guys aren't on the level of a Tyus Jones, who has a lot of raw talent, and is a guaranteed pick in the NBA Draft

An extra year at Kentucky would surely have improved the Harrisons stock where the NBA is concerned. Although John Calipari always stocks his team with new freshman, the 2015-2016 Kentucky team isn't expected to be as good as last year's team and both brothers could've played more prominent roles on the squad.


NBA Combine
Although the NBA Combine has just begun, it was Andrew that made the better impression than brother Aaron as he was 5 for 10 for 17 points and 5 assists while Aaron couldn't hit his shot and was just 1 of 6 from the field for 9 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. This is a small sampling and Aaron declared that he would have a better showing in the future.


Appearances and Attitudes
Andrew was well aware that each player had to put their best foot forward. He acknowledged that he and his brother didn't always have the best attitudes and facial expressions in college.

Pro scouts definitely take attitude into consideration when drafting and Andrew stated they were going to put forth a more positive attitude and be "all smiles." In any case, I do believe that both brothers should've stayed at Kentucky one more season as they would've assured themselves of getting drafted, but word has it from a reputable scout that they are both "NBA ready".  We will have to monitor the situation as there is no given that either player will be drafted and going the route of free agency is a difficult one. 

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