Kentucky Basketball Recruiting: Harrison Twins Recruitment Full of Drama

Jon HancockSenior Analyst ISeptember 24, 2012

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This morning, it was reported by Josh Gershon of that Aaron and Andrew Harrison will attend Kentucky's Big Blue Madness October 12. This came as surprising news, since the Harrison twins were originally planning on visiting Maryland for their Midnight Madness event.

According to Evan Daniels of, Gershon received his information from Aaron Harrison.

Ben Roberts of later talked to the Harrison twins' father, Aaron Harrison Sr. “We haven’t talked about madness, Harrison Sr. said. “I have talked to Aaron about that. He said, ‘I don’t know what they’re talking about.’ And that was it.”

During this past weekend, a source told Adam Zagoria that the two brothers wanted to commit to Kentucky early, but their dad wants them to go to Maryland.

The source also told Zagoria, “I think the boys will win out. If they can be first, if nobody will commit to Kentucky first, I think the boys will go to Kentucky. The dad favors his hometown.”

Aaron Harrison Sr. later debunked Zagoria's report. Harrison Sr. told, “That’s just [the reporter of the story] doing his thing. I'd talked to him one time a few months ago and he reworded what I said and took it all out of context in his article, so I don’t talk to him anymore. Maybe that's why he had to write something. He makes up things and runs with them for attention.”

Harrison Sr. added, “Aaron and Andrew haven’t made a decision, and I want whatever they want for themselves. Whatever they want is what I want."

Andrew Harrison said via Twitter Monday, "I hate when reporters make stuff up."

With all the different media outlets covering college recruiting, misinformation seems to have become a regular occurrence, especially when you have twin brothers who are as talented as Aaron and Andrew are.

Kentucky will be a hard team to beat out for the brothers' services, whether they go to Big Blue Madness or not. Calipari has made them his top priority for the 2013 class, and he will continue to put the pressure on until they sign.'s Evan Daniels told the Lexington Herald Leader earlier this month, “The Harrison twins have always had three to five schools and Kentucky’s always been the main one mentioned. You read into some of the things they’ve said and you come away thinking, ‘Hey, Kentucky has a great shot here.’ And they do. … I don’t think that’s changed.”

The two talented brothers are planning on making their college decision October 29, the day after their birthday. Earlier this month, Aaron and Andrew trimmed their list to Kentucky, SMU and Maryland—although it appears to be a battle between Kentucky and Maryland.

Both Aaron and Andrew made a visit to Lexington last year for Big Blue Madness. The twin brothers also recently had an in-home visit with UK head coach John Calipari.

Aaron Harrison, who is the older of the twins, is ranked the best shooting guard by and the third-best player in the 2013 class by

Last year, he averaged 18.8 points and 4.6 rebounds a game at Travis High School in Richmond, Texas. says of Aaron:

"One of the top scorers in the 2013 class, Harrison is tough, competitive and always looking to put up points. At 6'5", Harrison has good size for the position and he's a strong guard that always seems to be in attack mode. He gets to the rim and finishes with ease, but he's also a very good long range shooter. Harrison is a confident scorer and one that can put up high point totals in a hurry."

Andrew Harrison is ranked the best point guard by and the fourth-best player in the 2013 class by

Andrew scored 12.1 points and made 6.0 assists a game last year as a junior. says of Andrew:

"One of the more interesting prospects in the 2013 class, Harrison isn't your prototypical lead guard. With that said, at 6'5" Harrison can do things many point guards can't and that's one of the many reasons he's such a highly regarded prospect. Harrison is a tough and competitive guard that can create opportunities for others, but also score it at a high level. He's one of the top guards in the 2013 class."

If Kentucky can pick up the Harrison twins, they will automatically have the top recruiting class in the country. Getting Aaron and Andrew back on campus would be a huge indication on where the two are leaning.

Kentucky is hosting 2014 guard Jaquan Lyle and 2013 power forward Marcus Lee during Big Blue Madness.

The Kentucky basketball team will be one of 14 teams featured on ESPNU's Midnight Madness special.