The Kentucky Wildcats received an absurd amount of hype going into this past season, and that will probably be the case again in 2014. With Willie Cauley-Stein and Marcus Lee already having announced they’re returning for another year in Lexington, the 2014-15 Wildcats already look like a championship-contender on paper.
They just got even better with news that Andrew and Aron Harrison will skip the NBA Draft and stay at UK for one more season, according to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnaroski.
Oh, and the Twins have confirmed it as well:
— Andrew Harrison (@DrewRoc5) April 25, 2014
Coming into their freshman season, most assumed they’d be one-and-done in college, but enigmatic play by both of them led to a significant drop in their stock as the year wore on.
A good showing in the NCAA Tournament boosted their stock enough that the NBA was once again a realistic option to them, but they opted for one more year of college instead.
Overall, the twins had an up-and-down freshman season at UK. Aaron averaged 13.7 points per game, played a team-high 32.6 minutes, led the Wildcats in free-throw percentage (79.0), ranked second with 43 steals and shot 35.6 percent from three-point range.
Andrew led the Wildcats with 159 assists to 109 turnovers, while averaging 10.9 points and 31.7 minutes per game. He also shot 35.1 percent from outside and 76.4 on free throws.
The Harrisons played near their averages in the NCAA Tournament and came up clutch several times, including three game-winning three-pointers Aaron hit against Louisville, Michigan and Wisconsin.
With this latest news, UK has only solidified it’s status as a Top 5 team in the 2014-15 college basketball season. The Duke Blue Devils figure to open the season as the No. 1 overall team, but with UK returning several players who were thought to be leaving for the NBA Draft, the gap between them is now even narrower.
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