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Chad Ford says that right now, the Harrison Twins are late first rounders to early second rounders

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As Kentucky has surged in the postseason, so has the draft stock of its players, particularly the Harrison Twins. Before the SEC Tournament, most mock drafts didn’t even include the Twins, but now, they’re back in as late first round and early second round picks. During his chat today, ESPN NBA Insider Chad Ford said that while their recent play has improved their stock, he still believes they should return to school for another year so they can “really dominate”:

They’ve played great. They’ve quieted the doubters. They’ve proven that you shouldn’t write off heralded freshman just because they get off to a slow start. But I still think both players, despite their strong play for UK in the tournament are bubble first rounders. Aaron Harrison has always been in that place. I don’t think his stock has moved much all year. Andrew was once considered a Top 10 pick and his stock has obviously fallen. He’s helped it in the past two weeks (scouts will always find ways to give 6-5 point guards a second and third look) but he’s not cracking the lottery. I hope they go back to school and really dominate next year. If they declare, they are likely late first rounders to early second rounders.

Ford also said that Julius Randle remains Kentucky’s top pro prospect as a top 5-6 pick, while Dakari Johnson and Marcus Lee definitely need to return for another year to fully develop. Alex Poythress? Ford conceded that he “might” be drafted, and could be a terrific defender at the next level.

How far does Ford have the Cats going? Losing to Florida in the Championship game. Then again, this is the same guy who said James Young was a terrific passer, so… (just kidding, Chad).

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21 responses to “Chad Ford says that right now, the Harrison Twins are late first rounders to early second rounders”

  1. UK

    I would love to see the Harrison’s come back and vastly improve their stock. Would be very similar to the 2012 teams level of dominance especially if we only lose Randle, Young, and WCS.

    1. Bunny


  2. Luther

    Sorry, but James Young is not a great passer…

    1. Versailles Cat

      That’s the point, bro.

  3. Jacob

    Andrew vs Ullis, Hawkins
    Aaron vs Booker
    Poy vs Booker, Willis
    Lyles vs Towns, Willis, Lee
    Dakari vs Towns, Lee

    I’ll take it!!

    1. jeffrey

      You could swing Towns to the C as well. About 7’2, so he can play the 5 when needed.

  4. Steven

    What does that clown know about the nba and t. Upcoming draft? This information iw worthless

  5. Wow

    I’d take Andrew over Wilbikins any day. His defense isnt as good, but when we really need a basket Andrew can deliver by taking it to the basket while Scotty just doesn’t have that talent . Plus if Andrew stays he’ll be better than Wilbikins ever was

    1. Well

      It really seems to be a situation where it would benefit the Harrisons and UK to come back for one more year no matter what happens in the Final Four. To risk it as a late first to early second is just not worth it for a couple of kids from a good family. Come back and DOMINATE NEXT YEAR!

  6. Kentucky Fan

    The Harrison Twins, James Young, Julius Randle will go pro. They came to UK to go to the NBA as quickly as possible. The Calipari era has a culture where something is perceived as wrong if these blue chippers don’t go pro. Remember Archie Goodwin?

    1. Huh

      Remember Terrence Jones? Remember Doron Lamb? Remember Willie Cauley Stein? Remember Alex Poythress?

    2. jeffrey

      The twins parents said they could stay as long as they want, so it depends on how the twins feel.

  7. brain

    If this guy thinks a few good games will change draft stock then he’s clueless especially with OADs. Potential is everything.

  8. Real UK Fan

    The twins might not be ready to be apart. That would be OK with their Dad. They started playing better when their Dad told them they could come back. Twin bond is a special thing. Let’s bring home #9 this year and #10 next year!

  9. Jud

    Can you say repeat?

    1. Mark

      I was thinking the same thing but let’s through this one first

  10. smid

    You guys are just dumb if you think twins are coming back. Come on folks. Enjoy the ride and the run we have been on. Celebrate a other final four. But prepare yourselves for another point guard next year. Wish these kids the best in the league. Two of my favs.

  11. Kmooose

    I think if the twins are told they will be 2nd round, small chance of late first round their pride will have them comeback……they know they are better than that. Also both would be fairly certain their starting spots would not be in danger the following year….unlike WCS and Dakari who would have to deal with Towns coming in. I think Randle, Young, WCS gone for sure……best case scenario the twins and dakari come back

  12. Mark

    Randal is the only one ready, And he may have much work to do. WCS may go, the Twins may put their name in but they could use another year, James Young may try but he needs another year too. We shall see? No sense in even thinking about it. Think about the next game…. GO CATS!!!!

  13. Melissa

    Can we please not talk about the draft yet? Let me enjoy the rest of this season. Even FOUR years wouldn’t be enough with this group–I love all of ’em!

  14. Bob Barnett

    II feel that Randall, Young, Poythress & WCS will go in the first round of the draft. The Harrison twins could possibly go that high too but they will greatly benefit with another year under Cal. With all of those coming back & the ones that played in the McDonald classic last night we will have a great team next year.