Kentucky Basketball: How Will Andrew Harrison Compare with the Last 4 UK PGs?
Andrew Harrison will become the Kentucky Wildcats' starting point guard a year from now. The No. 1 point guard in the Class of 2013 will be leading what will no doubt be one of the most talented teams in all of college basketball.
UK head coach John Calipari is not hesitant at all about flipping a freshman the keys to Kentucky's high-powered attack.
He does it almost every year.
How will Harrison stack up against Coach Cal's other UK PGs?
Here's a look at where he might rank among John Wall (2009-10), Brandon Knight (2010-11), Marquis Teague (2011-12) and Ryan Harrow (2012-13):
5. Ryan Harrow (2012-13)
What do you think Ryan Harrow thought when the Harrison twins announced on Thursday that they were coming to Kentucky?
Probably not the best day since arriving in Lexington.
After transferring to UK from NC State, and then sitting out a season, Harrow had to be hoping that he was going to be running the show for the next couple of years.
Sure, if he blows up in 2012-13, then he might jump into the 2013 NBA draft. But right now, I'm not sure that he has showed those kind of skills.
As a Wolfpack freshman, Harrow came off the bench for the first half of the 2010-11 season, and started seven of the last eight games.
He put up 9.3 points per game and 3.3 assists per game. Not bad, but he didn't exactly turn the ACC upside down.
One of the advantages that Harrow has that no other Calipari UK PG has had is that he has been in the system for a full year...he is not starting from scratch.
We'll see how that helps Harrow.
4. Marquis Teague (2011-12)
Marquis Teague was considered the weakest link on last year's starting five.
Early in the season, he was erratic, turned the ball over too much (2.8 turnovers per game) and seemed to force a lot of the action.
As the season progressed, Teague seemed to settle into a more comfortable pace, and he looked more in control of himself and the team.
Overall, Teague's stats (10 points and 4.8 assists per game) were solid, but not super.
But Teague did something that no other PG on this list has accomplished...he won an NCAA championship.
3. Andrew Harrison (2013-?)
Andrew Harrison will come in with as much pressure/hype as John Wall did.
Fortunately for him, Harrison is a level-headed player with an off-the-charts hoops IQ.
If you need him to facilitate, the 6'5", 205-pound point guard can do that with the best of them. If you need him to score, he can knock down shots from inside or outside.
Harrison uses his length and size to his advantage.
While Teague never seemed to change speeds, Harrison is a master at keeping his opponents guessing by altering his pace and tempo.
He may not be a dynamic "SportsCenter Top 10" guy, but he will be the kind of floor leader that will help the Cats compete for the 2014 NCAA title.
2. Brandon Knight (2010-11)
Not sure if Brandon Knight was the prototypical scoring PG or just a SG who was forced into the floor leader role.
While he showed a nice handle and could distribute the ball, Knight definitely looked to put shots in the air.
He led the Wildcats in scoring (17.3 PPG) and also averaged four rebounds per game and 4.2 assists per game.
The biggest knock on Knight was that he had almost as many turnovers (120) as assists (159).
But Knight was a gamer. No problem if he had the ball in his hand at crunch time. He was ready to take the shot or, if need be, find an open teammate for an open look.
Kentucky and Knight came up one point short of making it to the 2011 NCAA title tilt, losing to UConn in the national semifinal game.
1. John Wall (2009-10)
John Wall was a special PG.
He was the leadoff man on an incredible hardwood relay that has not stopped.
How Wall was not considered the top player in the Class of 2009, I don't know. Avery Bradley, who went to Texas, was ranked No. 1 by ESPN.com. Weird.
Wall got a whole lot accomplished in his single season in Lexington.
He was the 2010 SEC Player of the Year, as well as the conference tournament MVP.
The 6'3", 180-pound PG was a consensus first-team All-American and the Adolph Rupp Trophy (national player of the year) winner.
Kentucky came up short in the 2010 NCAA tournament, advancing "only" to the Elite Eight.
But Wall set the standard by which all future Wildcat PGs will be judged.
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