When the NCAA Tournament began, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Kentucky wasn’t going to make it to the Final Four, and that would help lead Andrew And Aaron Harrison returning to college for at least one more season. Who expected UK to beat undefeated Wichita State, not to mention Michigan and Louisville — two schools who play in last year’s Final Four?
Much of UK’s struggles could be placed on the enigmatic play of the Harrison twins, fair or unfairly. In reality, they just looked like two freshmen who needed a little more time to develop.
To that point in the season, neither of them had shown they were worthy of a first-round selection in the 2014 NBA Draft. Leaving after one year of college to potentially be a second-round pick could make it very difficult for a player to ever establish himself in the NBA.
But after a magical run through the tournament and into the Final Four, they now could both be declaring for this year’s draft, according to Sean Deaveney of the Sporting News.
Increasingly, general managers and talent evaluators around the league feel that Calipari will be proven wrong, and that both Harrisons will join the line of one-and-done players at Kentucky, jumping into the first round of this coming draft.
“I think the tournament has helped those two as much as anyone,” one NBA general manager told Sporting News. “They were disappointments for this year, there’s no other way to say it.
“They looked overhyped, they didn’t look like first-round picks. But as the season has gone on and looking at how things came together, they look more like the players we thought they were coming in.”
In Sporting News’ most recent mock draft, Andrew went 19th, going to the Toronto Raptors (where Chuck Hayes and Patrick Patterson play), and Aaron went 24th to the Charlotte Bobcats (where Michael Kidd-Gilchrist plays).
At the end of the day, if both of the Harrison twins are assured that they’ll be first-round picks, they probably will go pro.