Kentucky Basketball 2012-13: Why Ryan Harrow Was Right PG Call for Calipari

Bobby ReaganFeatured ColumnistDecember 16, 2012

UK head coach John Calipari instructing Ryan Harrow
UK head coach John Calipari instructing Ryan HarrowAndy Lyons/Getty Images

Ryan Harrow might be the most scrutinized player on Kentucky's roster this season for not being that top-notch point guard head coach John Calipari is used to having.

After having Marquis Teague, Brandon Knight and John Wall the last three years in Lexington, Harrow entered this season after transferring from North Carolina State with the expectation to be the next great Calipari point guard.

However, after he struggled in the season opener against Maryland and missed the next couple of games with illness and family problems, people began to question if Harrow would even be a serviceable point guard for the Wildcats this year. 

Harrow has bounced back in recent games with strong performances, including 12 points and zero turnovers in 31 minutes of play against Lipscomb on Saturday.

While Kentucky fans are used to having the highly-recruited freshman point guard under Calipari and wondered why he there wasn't one this season, the answer is simple. Harrow was and is the right decision.

According to Harrow was the sixth-best point guard in the class of 2010 behind the likes of Knight, Kyrie Irving, Joe Jackson, Cory Joseph and Josh Shelby. Not a bad list of players to be a part of. 

If you take a look at top-five point guards from the class of 2012, they include Kris Dunn at Providence, Kevin Ferrell at Indiana, Semaj Christon at Xavier, Marcus Paige at North Carolina and Dominic Artis at Oregon. 

Dunn is currently injured. Ferrell is playing 25 minutes a game scoring 6.5 points per game. Christon is Xavier's leading scorer at 15.8 points per game but also committing 3.5 turnovers. Paige has been up and down at North Carolina and Artis has scored 10.2 points per game.

If Harrow was on any of those other rosters, wouldn't he be putting up the same numbers as opposed to playing in Calipari's system?

Harrow is unbelievably talented, as he was selected third-team Parade All-American as a senior in high school as well as Mr. Basketball in Georgia as a senior. 

Another reason Harrow is the right decision for Calipari is Harrow has experience—something that people always say a point guard needs. Harrow competed at North Carolina State in arguably the most respected college basketball conference in the ACC.

While at N.C. State, he averaged over nine points a game and over three assists per game. 

Most importantly, he does not turn the ball over. He is crafty with the ball and knows when to attack. At North Carolina State he averaged 1.8 turnovers per game, and this year he's at an astonishing 0.5 turnovers per game.

Harrow is starting to embrace and learn the dribble-drive motion offense and you can see his development in front of our eyes. Harrow will end up being one of the best point guards in the country this year by the end of the season.

It's how Calipari's point guards work. He'll also be an NBA point guard by the start of next season.