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.