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NC Writer: Can Ryan Harrow Succeed At Kentucky?

The celebration of Ryan Harrow’s commitment continues this morning as Calipari seems to have locked down his 2012 point guard and given Kentucky a guy who can help Marquis Teague develop in practice.  His game seems to fit in with what Kentucky wants to do and most agree that he has the potential to flourish under Calipari.  One writer in Fayetteville, North Carolina still has at least enough of a concern to ask this morning if Harrow can succeed under Calipari at Kentucky.

The person asking the question is Dan Wiederer of the Fayetteville Observer and before you get too riled up, he’s not slamming Harrow.  In fact, he has a number of nice things to say about him.  However, Wiederer says that what gave Harrow issues at NC State was some frustration with his role and an inability to handle criticism from fans.  Here’s the closing paragraph of his article:

Ryan Harrow can be a fantastic player at Kentucky. He’ll be working in a point-guard friendly system for a point-guard friendly coach. The keys to success, however, will likely depend on Harrow’s own patience and his ability to accept coaching, to accept struggle, to accept the honest feedback about his talents and limitations. And now we’ll all get a chance to see how successful Calipari can be when he has a point guard around for more than one year.

If those are the only things that could hold Harrow back, he seems to be in just the right spot.  The transfer year spent working with the team means he won’t have to worry about his role with the team or the ability to get comfortable in the system.  By the time he finally gets to suit up, the ball will be in his hands and his role will be defined.  The 2012 team will be his.  And I think he’ll be just fine.

You may resume the celebration.

Article written by Thomas Beisner

29 Comments for NC Writer: Can Ryan Harrow Succeed At Kentucky?

  1. thegreatbluewa11
    11:35 am May 26, 2011 Permalink

    and boom goes the dynamite, son

  2. Bigjhagan
    11:35 am May 26, 2011 Permalink

    Reason to drink in the morning? I’ll do the study for FREE!

  3. VinDatuk
    11:38 am May 26, 2011 Permalink

    “his ability to accept coaching”

    Well consider he played for Sidney Lowe I don’t blame him for not accepting coaching either…if you want to call what Sidney Lowe did at NC State coaching.

  4. AKA cold buckets
    11:43 am May 26, 2011 Permalink


  5. you can call me cal
    11:48 am May 26, 2011 Permalink

    this is all assuming teague is a 1-and-done. Which may not be a slam dunk

  6. RYNO
    11:49 am May 26, 2011 Permalink

    Last caller on KSR- Eloy wasn’t a 5-star. He was a 4 star in 08 class. Harrow was ranked higher nationally than Doron Lamb on most every recruiting site. I’m PUMPED he’s gonna be a Cat in 2012-2013!!!! Watch his YouTube highlights if you wanna get excited about this kid.

  7. nybrasky
    11:50 am May 26, 2011 Permalink

    Nice kick to the face on the kid who’s flopping. Hopefully he’ll get to do that to a Dookie some day.

  8. symphonist
    11:53 am May 26, 2011 Permalink

    Sounds like the only thing he needed to be great was a coach. Smart move coming to UK, son.

  9. uk/ncstate_grad
    11:55 am May 26, 2011 Permalink

    I’m a UK grad who just finished grad school at NC State and had the opportunity to go to every home basketball game for the Wolfpack in 2010-2011. Ryan Harrow has tremendous potential that he was never able to reach this season because Sidney Lowe (with all due respect) is a horrible college basketball coach and the talent around him wasn’t the greatest. When you give him a bunch of 5 stars to play alongside and one of the best point guards in the nation to practice against, things can only get better for Harrow. However, I’m going to remain skeptical because 1) He is a very tiny kid that will definitely need to put some time in the weight room to avoid being pushed around and 2) Although Lowe was not the best coach, Harrow loved the guy because of the soft, buddy-buddy relationship that they had. As we all know, Coach Cal is quite the opposite and is often very critical of his players (for their own good). If Harrow can accept the challenge that Cal will undoubtedly present to him, I believe Harrow could be a huge contributor to the CATS. Only time will tell.

  10. RockCat
    11:58 am May 26, 2011 Permalink

    I am excited to see how this kid develops.
    If his handles are as good as I have read he
    will flourish under Cal.

  11. Question
    11:59 am May 26, 2011 Permalink

    does he get to work out with the team this year even though he cant play?

  12. LOL
    12:00 pm May 26, 2011 Permalink

    @ #33 he looks like he is going to cry

  13. Absolutely
    12:02 pm May 26, 2011 Permalink


  14. Slade
    12:06 pm May 26, 2011 Permalink
    Story on Liggins recruitment and why he sat out at the beginning of the 09-10 season. Interesting read.

  15. Nassau65
    12:07 pm May 26, 2011 Permalink

    Inability to handle criticism from fans? He’ll be fine at UK as long as he doesn’t visit this site and see the Loserville fans posing here as UK fans. I almost (keyword-almost) wish Loserville would improve enough to the point the fans had someplace to go– other than here.
    On second thought, nah. You can spot them a mile away.

  16. bmt22033
    12:08 pm May 26, 2011 Permalink

    “And if Harrow seemed flustered at times by the fan criticism he took from Wolfpack backers during his freshman season, frequently expressing his frustration over Facebook and Twitter, then he should spend the rest of this summer doing some more research on the zeal of Kentucky fans.”

    If he really can’t take criticism, then I can certainly see that being a problem for him at UK.

  17. bmt22033
    12:10 pm May 26, 2011 Permalink

    @15 – I’m a UK grad and HUGE fan. But you’re not being honest with yourself if you think his critics could be limited to KSR and Tardinal fans…

  18. shadowboxer
    12:11 pm May 26, 2011 Permalink

    He’ll be just fine. He wants to go to the NBA. I don’t know if he has that ability, but I know he thinks he does. He also knows there is no better coach tan Cal to get him there. He’ll take a slice of STFU and listen to his coach. No worries here.

  19. shadowboxer
    12:16 pm May 26, 2011 Permalink

    9 – Great insight. Thanks.

  20. Grammar King
    12:23 pm May 26, 2011 Permalink

    From his interview, although it sounds like it was after his first game, it seems like Coach Lowe had him playing tight. However, looking at his high school highlight reels, he plays a very loose and smooth game naturally, and wills himself and his teammates to the basket. If Cal lets him loose (which he will), he will be a very exciting player and will wow the fans. Those were some sick moves he was pulling off in those videos, and it looked effortless.

  21. Pokey Chapman
    12:32 pm May 26, 2011 Permalink

    Saw him play HS ball and have a good friend who follows NCS closely. He says he is a great kid but was a liability on defense. Lowe had too many people that had to play with the ball in their hands and that probably effected some of Ryan’s matchups. I’m suprised he didn’t go to Uga. This has all the makings of a guy ready to accept the challenge and go to work.

  22. billybball
    12:36 pm May 26, 2011 Permalink

    What about turquoise bung

  23. NBA league pass
    12:44 pm May 26, 2011 Permalink

    14) That was a very interesting read. I always assumed that was related to academics.

  24. SeoulCat
    1:13 pm May 26, 2011 Permalink

    I’ll gladly eat crow if I’m wrong, but this is not the kid that I want running the show in 2012. Jai Lucas with slightly better handles? I guess his scholarship offer speaks to the dearth of quality point guards in the ’12 class, but I hope and pray that it will be someone like Goodwin driving the offense and Harrow coming off the bench.

  25. Wildcat Willie says
    1:20 pm May 26, 2011 Permalink

    Remember Macy, a year to learn the system, then boom, National Champions.
    Go Big Blue.

  26. Nassau65
    1:37 pm May 26, 2011 Permalink

    17. I didn’t say his criticisms would be limited to this site. R.I.F.

  27. dan
    2:32 pm May 26, 2011 Permalink

    Good one 26! lmao….I would think reading comprehension is right up there with being able to read though….If they can’t understand what the hell they’re reading then it’s a waste sorta like UL basketball.

  28. Nassau65
    7:53 am May 27, 2011 Permalink

    bring it

  29. Nassau65
    8:02 am May 27, 2011 Permalink