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Camper of the Week: Ryan Harrow

“Camp Cal” won’t officially kick into full gear until tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. With that said, the intensity level in practice has picked up immensely over the course of the last week according to all sides. John Calipari has admittedly put the clamps down on this young team as he continues to try to push, prod and pull the best out of them as players. Although not all of the questions and concerns plaguing this team early in the season were answered this afternoon, steps were taken in the right direction on a number of fronts. 

For the third game in a row Ryan Harrow continued to make strides. This afternoon’s game was probably the closest Harrow has come to putting together a complete game in a Kentucky uniform. Calipari is far from satisfied when it comes to his point guard, and he noted that in his post-game press conference. But notice that I referred to Harrow as Calipari’s point guard. Two weeks ago, we still weren’t 100% sure if and when Ryan Harrow was going to earn that label permanently. Although things could always change moving forward, Calipari’s decision to start Harrow at the point guard position today has to be considered a sign that he will be the guy moving forward. Archie Goodwin, Jarrod Polson and even Julius Mays might still take over duties at times to share the load, but it now seems as if the position is squarely Harrow’s to run with or Harrow’s to lose. 

And today, Ryan Harrow ran with it. Positive steps were taken even though he was still not perfect. Calipari stated in his post-game comments that his team was “showing signs.” Harrow has to be at least a significant part of those “signs.” Perhaps trivial on the surface– small things such as Harrow smiling and seemingly enjoying himself during the course of the game, even coming off as confident at times– have to be considered good signs. Harrow also communicated, though still not at the rate Calipari would probably like to see. At different points during the course of the game though Harrow could be seen pulling his teammates together and giving them words of instruction and encouragement. He still doesn’t look the part of John Wall in leading his team, or a late-season Brandon Knight… but he’s a lot closer after today than he was two weeks ago. 

The more concrete results/signs? Ryan Harrow started. Kentucky looked much more effective in the fast break–often times with Harrow setting the pace. Harrow scored in double digits for the first time during his Kentucky career. Kentucky won and their offense looked more controlled and organized than when Goodwin was running the point.

As with all of his young and talented players, Calipari is not ready to announce Harrow’s arrival. He will continue to push–that much is certain. But a shift has seemed to take shape when it comes to Harrow and Calipari. Harrow is talking like a player who is ready to be pushed. And Calipari?  He’s still far from satisfied, but he has been giving more positive feedback on Harrow in practice and during games. Harrow was one of the first players on the court during the pre-game warm-ups, and Calipari noted that he has been spending extra time in the gym.

Honorable Mention Camper of the Week: Kyle Wiltjer. Calipari practically begged for Wiltjer to find ways to contribute and impact a game other than simply through his shooting. Wiltjer was even relegated to the bench to start the game for the first time all season. The concentration and focus on the other aspects clearly paid off in the end and his shooting stroke certainly returned this afternoon as well. Calipari was more pleased with Wiltjer’s 12 rebounds than his 23 points. Me? I’ll take both.

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

13 Comments for Camper of the Week: Ryan Harrow

  1. Amaze Pants
    8:16 pm December 15, 2012 Permalink

    This is all well and good, but can we talk about NBA All-Star voting?

    Familiar faces on the ballot are:

    Anthony Davis

    Let’s make it a Very Blue All-Star game.

    PS- And MKG is a write-in vote.

  2. Hoosierdaddy
    8:18 pm December 15, 2012 Permalink

    So do the players get paid more for the extra practices?

  3. kentuckyjoe
    8:38 pm December 15, 2012 Permalink

    We’ve got a point guard now folks. I think he’s the missing piece that will make this team great. He’s far advanced over where Marquis Teague or Brandon Knight were at this same point (no pun intended). He’s got a good shot, great handle, and can get into the middle where he is then extremely dangerous. I’m looking forward to seeing him throw one down and a total posterization of some poor unsuspecting soul.

  4. UK2001
    8:51 pm December 15, 2012 Permalink

    2. butler?

  5. Ridge Runner
    9:00 pm December 15, 2012 Permalink

    I think this is a great point/post, Ally.

    Harrow has now made enough strides to capture our quarterback position for this team. The past is the past, he has more to learn and execute, and coach is on top of all this. However, this one move by now showing the entire team Ryan is our PG is a settling effect on this team.

    Yes, support from Polson and others will occur more frequently for awhile and we aren’t really used to that. Our other PG’s over the years pretty much was the only PG. But this year is different based on the makeup of our group, Ryan’s skill, and Ryan’s need to grow further.

    Bottom-line…huge statement from Coach to say…with Harrow (for the most part at PG)..ladies & gentleman this is the 2012-13 edition of our Cats.

  6. Ridge Runner
    9:01 pm December 15, 2012 Permalink

    2…jealousy must really hurt. We get it.

  7. Won Hung L o- In Japan
    9:07 pm December 15, 2012 Permalink

    Try to understand basketball.
    What is Camp Cal?
    Can anyone go to Camp Cal?
    Won Hung Lo…get lot of free throws.

  8. Who What?
    9:11 pm December 15, 2012 Permalink

    HoosierDaddy-You can’t even spell your name right. You have no credibility…

  9. losers
    9:17 pm December 15, 2012 Permalink

    Was wondering. Did Indiana rush the court today? HA!HA!

  10. Ridge Runner
    9:20 pm December 15, 2012 Permalink

    9- What is really telling to me, is that Butler “didn’t”. Even they have the class and confidence to know that isn’t needed.

    Indiana Hoosiers? Little league for sure.

  11. Won Hung Lo - In Japan
    9:47 pm December 15, 2012 Permalink

    Won Hung Lo not understand why would travel with enemy?
    Won Hung Lo would spy on enemy.

  12. STEVE!
    3:32 pm December 16, 2012 Permalink

    2 – Ironic question coming from a fan of the team that just had two Freshment sit out two months for receiving impermissible benefits, and who has just been off serious NCAA probation for a year or so.

  13. Leroy Bird
    5:21 pm December 16, 2012 Permalink

    Harrow looked stable at least. Played well ran the team some. 31 mins and no TO’s. Like to see him distribute a little more. and set some guys up