Harrison Twins to Kentucky: What Top Recruits Do for Wildcats

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IOctober 5, 2012

LEXINGTON, KY - APRIL 17:  John Calipari the head coach of the kentucky Wildcates talks with the media during the news conference at Joe Craft Center on April 17, 2012 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari has done it again after recruiting the two highest-ranked guards in the country who just happen to be twins, Aaron and Andrew Harrison.

The Harrison twins were also looking at Maryland and SMU, but chose Kentucky instead. Calipari has all of a sudden given a huge boost to a program that didn't have much hope for the future.

Going into 2013, the Wildcats were not even in the Top 25 as far as recruiting classes were concerned, but Kentucky instantly went to No. 1 after the Harrison twins committed (per ESPN.com). That's significant because it helps add more credibility to the program, as if it needed the extra credibility already.

But furthermore, Calipari will find it a bit easier to recruit more top players moving forward and can use the Harrison twins to do so. Top players around the country want to win, and what better way to accomplish that than to align themselves with two of the best guards in the nation.

On the court, Kentucky will be a force to be reckoned with once again. As mentioned above, the backcourt duo are the highest-ranked guards coming out of high school (per ESPN 100). Most great teams in the college game have at least one good guard, while the Wildcats now have two of the best.

Bringing these two great players to Kentucky does have its negatives, however.

Calipari has become infamous for recruiting the best one-year players in the nation. While he's had success with that formula in the past, it makes the job of a head coach more difficult.

After working so hard to bring in great players, Calipari will have to deal with the realization that the Harrison brothers won't stick around long. If he's lucky, Coach Cal will have the twins under his wing for two years tops.

Most likely, the Harrison twins will fly the coop after their first season much like Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist did after winning a NCAA Championship last season.

But in Kentucky, that doesn't really matter. All that matters are championships, and the Harrison brothers certainly give the Wildcats a better shot to win one. If the Harrison twins can bring just one national title back to Kentucky, their short time with the Wildcats will have been well worth it.