Kentucky Basketball: What Landing the Harrison Twins Would Mean for UK

Paul AblesContributor IIIOctober 2, 2012

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Aaron and Andrew Harrison, two of the best players in the 2013 recruiting class, are set to announce their commitment decision on Thursday, October 4. The dynamic backcourt duo are down to three finalists and will decide between Kentucky, Maryland and SMU.

Most analysts believe that the decision is really down to the Wildcats and the Terrapins, both of whom have unique appeals to the twins. However, the Wildcats appear to be the slight favorite and appear to offer the players the best opportunity to contend for a national championship while also preparing them for a career in the NBA.

Receiving a commitment this week from the Harrison twins would mean so much for the current and future state of Kentucky's basketball program. In fact, receiving their Letter of Intent would have three major implications for Big Blue Nation and their favorite team.

First of all, receiving a commitment from Andrew and Aaron would officially kick-start the 2013 recruiting class for John Calipari. He has only received one commitment thus far, 3-star prospect Derek Willis, who is a talented Kentucky player but is not expected to star right away.

Therefore, having the Harrisons on board instantly improves Kentucky's class from unranked to the top of the rankings in one fell swoop. They are the top-ranked point and shooting guard prospects in America and are consensus Top 5 players in every major recruiting service.

With these two players officially on the Kentucky bandwagon, there is a great chance that they could sway other potential targets such as Julius Randle, James Young and Marcus Lee to join them in Lexington. Essentially, the Harrison twins would get the party started for the future of Kentucky basketball.

Another key implication would be an increased level of security after this season is over. If current guards Archie Goodwin, Ryan Harrow and Julius Mays all leave the program after the year concludes, then the Wildcats would already be set to replace them with Aaron and Andrew.

The prospect of replacing this season's backcourt becomes much more complicated without these two players on board. Therefore, next year's potential backcourt would be shrouded in uncertainty, which in turn places more pressure on Calipari to lock in commitments from two other guards in the loaded 2013 recruiting class.

Finally, the Harrison boys' commitment to Kentucky would certify the program as a serious contender for the NCAA national title in 2013-14. It's uncertain who the boys will play next to that season, but it is likely that they will be surrounded by extremely talented players brought in by Calipari.

With two dynamic guards who stand over 6'5" in height and possess NBA-level guard skills, the Wildcats would have a leg up on nearly every other backcourt in America that year. When it comes down to winning in March, the teams with great guard play often find their way in the Final Four and beyond. Therefore, these two players would give the program a great chance at contending for yet another national title during their time in Lexington.

As you can see, the commitment of these two incredible guards would have large implications for the current and future roster of the Kentucky Wildcats and is therefore an extremely important decision to follow on Thursday. It is uncertain whether or not the Harrisons will choose Kentucky, but they will be welcomed with open arms by Big Blue Nation if they decide to attend college in the bluegrass state.