With the 2012 class winding to its conclusion, it’s time for you to start getting more acquainted with the class of 2013. CBS Sports’ Jeff Borzello of Blood did some of the work for you in this profile of Andrew and Aaron Harrison, the pair of Texas brothers that are two of Kentucky’s top targets for next year’s class. Rivals ranks Andrew, a point guard, as the #2 overall player with Aaron, a two guard, #5. Scout also ranks Aaron #5, but with Andrew #3 behind Julius Randle and Jabari Parker. They’re the top two guards in the class in both rankings and could be the backcourt anchors of what will likely be a monster 2013 class for the Cats.
The piece focuses on the special relationship the two of them have and about their plan to play at the same school, which will most likely be either Kentucky, Maryland, Villanova or Baylor. It also talks about their past as two-sport athletes before they stopped playing football and focused on hoops, which will hopefully be to Kentucky’s benefit next fall. The brothers say that they focus on trying to make each other better instead of competing against one another, although they don’t leave any doubt who wins the games when they do play 1-on-1, and it might not be who you expect:
At the end of the day, playing basketball together is a good thing for both of them. Most players at their level have trouble finding similar competition on a regular basis, but Andrew and Aaron don’t need to search very far.
“We help each other’s game a lot,” Aaron said. “I wouldn’t be as tough if I wasn’t going against him.”
The two constantly challenge each other on the court, pushing each other to improve. However, despite being the two best guards in their class, there’s not much of a sibling rivalry.
“We always try to tell each other to be the best,” Andrew said. “We want to be the best as a tandem; we don’t try to outdo each other. We have enough people to go against.”
With a couple years until the NBA and several months until a college decision, there’s really only one question everyone wants to know: who wins in a game of one-on-one between the twins?
Andrew is completely honest.
“Aaron,” he said. “He’s the harder player to guard.”
So take a few minutes and get to know the two guys who could be occupying the Kentucky backcourt a little while down the road. It’s the right thing to do.