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Getting to Know Ryan Harrow

From Jonathan Schuette…


John Calipari is known for many things, ace recruiter, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, and now a National Championship.  But, despite his new found title he will forever be known as the guy who coaches the one and done players, in particular Point Guards.  Coach Cal certainly has developed some great players over the years and this next season certainly won’t be an exception.  With last season’s cast of characters almost assuredly going pro this will leave a new group of Wildcats to pick up the pieces.  To help you get to know the new players I’ll introduce them over the next few weeks. The player that I’ll be examining today is Ryan Harrow, the red-shirt Point Guard from North Carolina State.  Unlike the incoming freshmen, Harrow has already played his freshman season and has recorded a significant amount of data.  There’s always a bit of uncertainty when examining player data from their seasons at another schools, problems arise like; different playing styles, a rift between player and coach, or the player could’ve been emotionally disinterested because the school didn’t appeal to him.  All of these factors can affect a player’s performance so take this data with a grain of salt.  But, based off of his freshman numbers he should be able to perform to the level of his predecessors.



Since Harrow will be playing Point Guard he will be expected to distribute the ball to his teammates while preventing himself from committing turnovers.  This is something that Harrow did exceptionally well in his brief stint at NC State.  Harrow was phenominal at distributing the ball; he ranked 113th nationally in Assist Rate (assists divided by the field goals made by the player’s teammates while he is on the court), with a rating of 28.8.  He will certainly have talent around elite talent around him to shoot and drive the ball, so the fact that he has proven he can see the floor and make the proper decisions is a very encouraging sign.  Secondly, Harrow very rarely coughed up the ball, only turning the ball over on 18% of his possessions (for perspective John Wall turned the ball over on 24% of his possessions), this is a tremendously encouraging statistic.  This proves that he doesn’t rush his decisions and doesn’t allow the defense to force turnovers.  It cannot be stressed enough how valuable this trait is in a Point Guard.  (It’s also pretty cool to say you do something better than John Wall).  Another very encouraging stat that I’m seeing from Harrow’s freshman season is his ability to shoot efficiently from the free-throw line, shooting 87% (67-77).  This is encouraging because Kentucky’s offense is predicated upon the point guard being able to drive the lane and draw contact.  If he can penetrate the lane not only would he be a devastating weapon in the passing game, but he would be a major threat in scoring from the free throw line.


Since Harrow is, in fact, a human being like the rest of us he does have his flaws.  His major flaw comes from beyond the three point arc as he shot a miserable 22% (12-54) from three his freshman season.  This is something that needs to be worked on because it will allow defenses to sag back in half court sets. Since Harrow shoots so poorly from three I expect teams to sag back in half court sets and force him to shoot perimeter jumpers.  If defenses sag this will prevent Harrow from driving the lane to break down the defense and find open teammates.  Harrow is without a doubt the worst three point shooter in the Calipari line of Point Guards so this will certainly be something to keep an eye on in the upcoming season.  Another thing that needs to improve is Harrow’s interior shooting percentage, while he shot a respectable 43% from the field there is much room for improvement.  If Harrow is to excel in Calipari’s system he must be able to get to the rim and score efficiently, if he can’t than opponents will prepare for him to pass rather than shoot.  But, if this percentage is only slightly increased than I see no cause for concern.


To conclude, I believe that Harrow will be an absolute star in Calipari’s system.  He has everything the Dribble Drive Offense needs; the ability to distribute the ball without turning it over and the ability to capitalize when you’re at the free throw line.   Even though he has flaws in his game like perimeter shooting, he has a year of experience in running the point and a year of practice in Calipari’s system going up against some of the elite players in the country.  Harrow may not be the biggest or the most talented of the recent One-and-Done guards, but he is certainly very capable of being an elite point guard in this system.


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37 Comments for Getting to Know Ryan Harrow

  1. Gaddis Bomb
    8:03 pm April 10, 2012 Permalink

    Nice post

  2. Jimmy
    8:04 pm April 10, 2012 Permalink

    He is a average player, but cal will turn him into a good player.

  3. kentuckyrules
    8:10 pm April 10, 2012 Permalink

    I bet he’ll play w/ us for 2 yrs. By his Jr year, we’ll all be praising him :).

  4. 00BBN00
    8:11 pm April 10, 2012 Permalink

    I like Harrow, but I remember watching him play at State quite a bit during his freshman season. I’d say his biggest problem was not his 3-point shooting, but his mental toughness. Whenever he made a mistake and Sidney Lowe jumped on him he would fall to pieces. It makes me nervous because Cal won’t exactly hold back if the kid is bombing on the court in a game…

  5. Bill C
    8:13 pm April 10, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks for the preview. I believe his having a year to adjust to Cal and his expectations will address some of OOBBNOO’s concerns.

  6. C Strong
    8:26 pm April 10, 2012 Permalink

    Uh oh…please don’t fire me and bring this guy back. I know UofL likes coaches who cheat on their wives but please keep me instead.

    8:28 pm April 10, 2012 Permalink

    At the Blue / White scrimmage last November at Rupp, I thought Harrow was the most impressive player on the floor (and that included AD, MKG, Teague, etc ) !!

  8. H
    8:28 pm April 10, 2012 Permalink

    assuming Teague is gone, what the heck are we gonna do for a backup PG? Can Goodwin play some 1? I guess Polson can play some backup minutes. This year was great in that Lamb and Miller could get us into the offense pretty good when Teague was out but it is a little concerning that we would have freshman backing up Harrow. #Marquispleasecomeback

  9. mitch
    8:30 pm April 10, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino to UK? Anyone? It’s not like we have anything to lose as a football program.

  10. Apeate
    8:32 pm April 10, 2012 Permalink

    Didn’t Harrow sit out this year as a transfer, and not as a red-shirt as you stated?

  11. 00BBN00
    8:32 pm April 10, 2012 Permalink

    5. True. And he’s not an 18 year old, first time away from home, playing on a sub-par ACC team with a coach who’s job was on the line. Just adding my observations of what I’ve personally noticed watching him in NCAA games.

  12. Yeah yeah yeah yeah
    8:36 pm April 10, 2012 Permalink

    This kid is gonna be a star! I can feel it in my bones!

  13. TVANS
    8:43 pm April 10, 2012 Permalink

    The kid also is very athletic with better than a 40 inch vertical. Explosive!

  14. BigBlueSkyDog
    8:45 pm April 10, 2012 Permalink

    Petrino is fired at Arkansas. Whodda thought that the state that gave us Bill Clinton would be more ethically stringent than U of L?

  15. dave
    8:46 pm April 10, 2012 Permalink

    love the
    “it will allow defenses to sag…” then
    “i expect teams to sag…” then
    “if defenses sag…”
    in 3 straight sentences. oh ksrcollege

    8:47 pm April 10, 2012 Permalink

    Nothing to add…just wanted to say that TBK has a lot of popups. That is all.

  17. STEVE!
    8:54 pm April 10, 2012 Permalink

    Why wasn’t Harrow at the National Championship celebration?

  18. mitch too
    8:55 pm April 10, 2012 Permalink

    My wife read post #9 said Oh my God Help the World there is another Mitch that thinks like you!

  19. UK Homer
    9:01 pm April 10, 2012 Permalink

    Harrow will be unreal next year especially when he gets to dish it out to Noel, Muhammad, Bennett, Oriakhi, Wiltjer, Poythress, Goodwin, and Cauley. Get ready for all the media hate because we (UK) will be “getting our’s” next year. We are a well oiled machine.

  20. UK Homer from the future
    9:01 pm April 10, 2012 Permalink

    Told you so.

  21. Catdog
    9:03 pm April 10, 2012 Permalink

    There no reason why a great free throw shooter can’t be a very good 3 point shooter.
    It boads well for a dramatic improvement by Harrow.

  22. Dusty Street
    9:12 pm April 10, 2012 Permalink

    Was there any referance in this “profile” to his defensive ability or lack thereof. I must have missed it.

  23. Lonnieb
    9:18 pm April 10, 2012 Permalink

    Ill gladly take Petrino here…..maybe we could compete

  24. BPsycho
    9:20 pm April 10, 2012 Permalink

    #16 TBK is still up? Lol Bet MM was mad that Taco Bell dissed him for Franklin.

    #22 He plays better defense than Jon Hood I bet. Cause Jon Hood don’t play no defense, the defense plays him.

  25. lipper
    9:24 pm April 10, 2012 Permalink

    turning the ball over 1 out of every 5 possessions is tremendous?? am i reading that wrong? and wall turned the ball over on 1 out of every 4 possessions??

  26. crackerhillbilly
    9:26 pm April 10, 2012 Permalink

    To all you posters who say you want Petrino…..please go away! This guy is a total lying scumbag. While his behavior might qualify him for governor of Arkansas – or even POTUS, he cannot be a coach at UK. Of course, should Strong leave UL, a combo of Pitino/Petrino would make up the all-time low morals coaching staff. Would probably make Tommy Turtleneck happy, though.

  27. SexnNursinHomes
    9:39 pm April 10, 2012 Permalink

    24- haha. All of it. Cuz it’s the trufe.

    good post Schuette- Don’t smoke crack. Trust me

  28. 44 Stitches
    10:10 pm April 10, 2012 Permalink

    Harrow was the Gatorade Player of the year down in Georgia his senior year. They just don’t hand that out to anybody down here. Georgia is a hotbed for basketball talent. Not just Atlanta but the whole state. Last years NBA draft had 4 players drafted that played high school ball in Georgia. Keep in mind there is only 60 picks in the draft. The NBA is littered with players from Ga. We won’t have any drop off at PG next year with Harrow running the show. Harrow from Marrieta where they say it’s better.

  29. nkyuk29fan
    11:13 pm April 10, 2012 Permalink

    Then or than?

  30. KSR1080Fan
    11:51 pm April 10, 2012 Permalink

    Pitino/Petrino. Tomato/Tomatoe

  31. Dumb
    1:33 am April 11, 2012 Permalink

    How do phenomenal and 113th go together?

  32. Beavis
    7:45 am April 11, 2012 Permalink

    # 6 Charlie,,,,better go lay some slut so you can keep your job. Must be something wrong with the water in Louisville.

  33. Rockfield,KY
    8:49 am April 11, 2012 Permalink

    In closing, this definitely read like a college paper written the night before it was due. Not complaining, just got a little chuckle from it.

  34. Will
    9:16 am April 11, 2012 Permalink

    On shooting 43% from the field. I agree you always want to get better but per Calipari’s words Harrow is a better scorer from the field than Teague… If that’s the case then teams won’t sag on him anymore than they did against Teague. My guess is he’ll be just good enough to keep defenses honest.

  35. Dark Helmet
    9:36 am April 11, 2012 Permalink

    One other thing this is the 1st starting point guard that we will see that has been under Cal for 2 years. Not that I’m an editor or anything but I thought the guy brought up some good points.

  36. ZGoody
    12:52 pm April 12, 2012 Permalink

    I watched Harrow play in high school at the most talented level and let me say this: he is ridiculous. He could not be stopped, even against programs like Wheeler and Milton, who boasted 3 and 6 DI players, respectively. My biggest concern for Ryan is his size. He’s extremely skinny and will be pushed around by bigger, more physical guards which will take away his superb speed and ability to slash to the basket. That being said, Ryan is one of the best ballhandlers I have ever seen and should have a solid season if given the chance.

    O.. and this guy can get up! At only 5′ 11″, he can throw it off the backboard to the middle of a game.

  37. Slickwick
    5:42 am April 13, 2012 Permalink

    I agree wit #8s comment about not havin a backup 4 him if teague does indeed leave.but like other PPL on here who have commented I too remember him coming out of HS n playing at NCstate,n let me tell this kid IS DEFINITELY goin to be a STAR under coach cal. I look for him to have an even BETTER year than Marquis did! His NATURAL feel for the position is unquestionably better than Marquis’ was.n blend that with the year of teaching he’s already had under cal n this is bound to be something special!!!think about it, when’s the last time you’ve known coach to NOT get 1 of the top 3 PGS coming out of HS let alone not even take a look at a PG in a recruiting class!?!cal knows wat hes doin!so Marquis even tho I rooted for u more than ANY other player on the team this year (even more than Anthony) PLEASE……DONT COME BACK!!! ITS RYANS TURN YOU HAD YOURS!!!