ESPN caught up with Andrew and Aaron Harrison, the twin guards that are among Kentucky’s top targets in the 2013 recruiting class, to talk a little bit with them about life off the court. They feel that some analysts portray them in the wrong way, focusing on their demeanor on the court to paint them as arrogant or cocky. Instead, they say, that attitude is strictly reserved for basketball and that when they’re not on the court the two of them are much different than their on-court persona. They described the difference:
“People have to understand that when we’re playing, we take it seriously,” Aaron said. “But that’s not us all the time.”
“I don’t really know how to change on the court. I don’t really want to change on the court,” Andrew added. “Off the court, we’re just relaxed, nice kids.”
The average fan who watches the 6-foot-5 twins — Aaron being a minute older than Andrew — doesn’t get to see their humanitarian efforts. While resting for a game in last month’s Under Armour Are You From Here? Classic, the Harrisons sacrificed relaxation time in their hotel lobby to assist an elderly woman load multiple bags into her car.
The same day, following a tournament-game victory, the twins were signing autographs, taking pictures and answering questions from anyone who approached them. The narcissistic personas given to them by critics did not exist.
“Some people take us as arrogant because of how we play on the court,” Andrew said. “We’re not trying to do anything to anybody. It’s different when we’re on the court. When it’s time to play, we play to win.”
That’s how I like it. They’re assassins on the court, and they’re helping old ladies with their luggage off of it. That’s a pretty good combination of characteristics for a recruit, and it makes me want the two of them at Kentucky even more. In fact, while they were at it the Harrisons gave a little bit of info on the teams that are recruiting them, including the Cats:
“With Kentucky,” Andrew said, “my goal is to be an NBA basketball player. If you look at the past few years, that’s where you go if you want to be an NBA basketball player. Coach [Scott] Drew from Baylor is great, and they’re doing a lot of winning. They’ve been recruiting us since we were really young, like seventh or eighth grade.”
Aaron added: “I like Villanova’s guard play. They use their guards real well. Plus, it’s a small school with a great education. As for Maryland, it’s in the ACC, and it’s where my dad’s from. He really hasn’t had to push us to go there. Plus, Coach [Mark] Turgeon is a good coach.”
The two will be making a decision by the end of the summer, and their decision will be huge. If there was only one Harrison, he’d be a game changer. Instead there are two of them, and getting the pair could lay the foundation of a championship level class for someone. Here’s hoping that it’s Kentucky where they end up.
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