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Ryan Harrow’s evolution

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We’ve seen many sides of Ryan Harrow since he came to Kentucky.

After sitting out a year and learning Calipari’s system, many expected him to burst on the scene with a steady veteran hand. Unfortunately, the glare of the spotlight seemed a little too bright for Harrow, who struggled under Cal’s criticism early on and had to take a mysterious break from the team to regroup. Once he was back, he turned in promising performances against Marshall and Louisville, and just as we were ready to accept that he had turned the corner, he disappeared again in mid-February, going scoreless in UK’s losses to Florida and Tennessee. The loss to Tennessee has proved to be this team’s “Come to Jesus” moment, with the team holding a team meeting during which they asked Harrow to step up. Harrow agreed, and in the three games since, has scored 47 points off 18-32 shooting, grabbed 20 rebounds and 14 assists, all while only committing three turnovers. Not too shabby for a player many had written off, right?

When he wasn’t being salty about his own team’s luck, Mississippi State coach Rick Ray praised Harrow’s evolution, from the time he was at NC State. Ray mentioned Harrow’s anxiety issues while with the Wolfpack and how he’s finally seeming to move past them:

“I actually had a chance to play against Ryan Harrow when he played at North Carolina State when he was a freshman and I was still at Clemson. He has really evolved as a basketball player. I know that when we were at Clemson, he struggled against our pressure at times, like most kids do as a freshman. You can tell he is maturing and trying to figure things out. I think he is a good basketball player and I think he just kind of had to find his way with all the scoring and all the different opportunities you have here at Kentucky to get the ball to different people.

The Cats cannot afford another disappearing act from Harrow in order to stay in the postseason hunt. While Kentucky’s new “open offense” has certainly played a part in Ryan’s resurgence, his budding confidence and improved attitude help more than anything. Are we done with “Cool Ryan” for the reason of the season?

Enjoy his comments from after last night’s win:

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27 Comments for Ryan Harrow’s evolution

  1. Abcd
    1:06 pm February 28, 2013 Permalink

    Hilarious! He had a good game against a high school team. He’s not very good. He’ll be crying on the bench next year when the harrisons show up, if he comes back. I’d rather have jarrod backing them up. More steady, heady, & mentally tough.

  2. Girl with Blue Scarf
    1:12 pm February 28, 2013 Permalink

    Section 40 update, anyone?

  3. bung
    1:12 pm February 28, 2013 Permalink

    Hard to believe we had 30 defensive rebounds and only 1 fast break basket…

  4. TAXman
    1:13 pm February 28, 2013 Permalink

    1. Do you feel better about yourself now? If so, you shouldn’t.

  5. Bluekzu
    1:19 pm February 28, 2013 Permalink

    Exactly. Progress is progress, and he’s looking much better. Happy for him that he’s turned a corner..which he obviously has. We’ll see where it leads.

  6. mr.wiggins
    1:23 pm February 28, 2013 Permalink

    any updates on how wiggins’ visit went?

  7. B-man
    1:26 pm February 28, 2013 Permalink

    1. When you learn to read, read the post and you’ll see how it addresses his last 3 games…not just the Miss St game. As for “He had a good game against a high school team”, I believe he also played pretty well against Mizzou.

  8. bmt22033
    1:26 pm February 28, 2013 Permalink

    @1 – go play in traffic. You’re pathetic!

  9. TitleTown
    1:26 pm February 28, 2013 Permalink

    1 your opinion doesn’t count if you aren’t capable of coming up with a better name than ‘Abcd’

  10. Wow, no offense guys
    1:30 pm February 28, 2013 Permalink

    I’m happy to see the positives too, but let’s wait and see how things go at Arkansas and at home against Florida before we start declaring that anyone has turned the corner or whatever we are saying.

    The team has played Vandy and Mississippi Valley State, with a good but not great Missouri team sandwiched in the middle.

    This is what frustrates me most about BBN. The manic nature of the fan base is retarded. How about we stop piling on pressure?

  11. Abcd
    1:33 pm February 28, 2013 Permalink

    Truth hurts

  12. Bluekzu
    1:36 pm February 28, 2013 Permalink

    Mississippi Valley State? Is that supposed to be a dig at Mississippi State? I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and hope so.

  13. OffenseTaken
    1:36 pm February 28, 2013 Permalink

    10 if you are the same as #1, just shut up. We aren’t defending Harrow bc we think he’s the best player at his position. There’s just no reason to come on here and be a total d!*k and say he’s not very good and he’ll be crying, yadda yadda yadda. You don’t have to act like you love him, but you can also keep negativity to yourself, or just say it without being an ass and insulting the kid.

  14. Abcd
    1:38 pm February 28, 2013 Permalink

    Sorry guys, but I’m a loser and I like to bring others down to my level. My life sucks, and so does Harrow at basketball.

  15. UnderstanindgTheGame
    1:55 pm February 28, 2013 Permalink

    If you have been watching Ryan (regardless of who we’re playing), his game has transformed from even his early success on the floor this year. They have modified the offensive style and have the guys ‘moving’ more and ready to initiate offense earlier and in different ways. Something we weren’t doing until after the UT game….Before the UT game, there were a lot players standing around too much on offense.

    Harrow’s improvement will continue, I believe, through the rest of the season…regardless of who we’re playing. Now, does that mean we’ll beat everybody? Probably not. But it does feel like we have a chance now. No team looks un-beatable this year.

    The change in the offense has helped Alex and him both…you can say it’s all a mental change but if you look closer, it’s mostly due to the change in philosophy how the offense is structured…

  16. Wow, no offense guys
    1:58 pm February 28, 2013 Permalink

    13 – I am not number 1. I have seen article after article and comment after comment all season talking about the team turning corners and getting %^&% right. Every time, those have been met with disappointment. I mean, I’m gonna continue to temper my expectations. these guys are trying to grow and the hustle of late is a PLUS sign that actually made it fun to watch them, especially against Missouri. Still.

    12. of course it was a dig at them. Hell, I doubt they could beat MVSU

  17. jmeeks23
    2:29 pm February 28, 2013 Permalink

    has anyone else noticed how much this kid sounds like mike tyson?

  18. greg
    2:31 pm February 28, 2013 Permalink

    1) polson has worked his tail off, but to say you would rather have him as the backup next year is hilarious. Against the better s.e.c teams polson is overmatched. Harrow has been in double figures 15 of the last 18 games,that’s pretty impressive! Quit being a hater.

  19. chris
    2:34 pm February 28, 2013 Permalink

    Could you imagine if polson had the exact same stats as harrow. Some of you clowns would be calling him the best p.g in uk history. Smh. Polson is a decent back up that is it. I’m not sure he is any better then porter was.

  20. John Ellis
    2:35 pm February 28, 2013 Permalink

    Polson saved UK against Maryland – had we lost the tournament would be very iffy, very. Against some opponents he can’t guard, but he is the toughest guy on the team and has that Kentucky intensity (always should be at least two Kentucky kids on a team). Harrow has been however brilliant when he’s on, and in line with Cal’s legacy of point guards. Hope he never switches off again. Both of them coming back would be great.

  21. douggercats
    2:36 pm February 28, 2013 Permalink

    #1 – until your voice drops to a huskier tone, shaddup.

  22. vida blue
    2:50 pm February 28, 2013 Permalink

    Just wondering why does Harrow never dunk…seen clips of him before with all kind of hops…would love to see him throw down and stare at somebody…anyway nice job lately ryan…keep up the good work

  23. oldschool
    3:37 pm February 28, 2013 Permalink

    I just love jalapeno poppers. it’s the way they squirt in my mouth. so hot and oozy. mmmmmm…squirts.

  24. gocards
    4:02 pm February 28, 2013 Permalink

    you uk fans are all typical. Bla bla bla harrow had a couple good games and you think hes going to save your team. Reality check he is still softer than a pack of charmin that lays and cries if he takes a bump. Not to mention goodwin has kobe bryant syndrome and refuses to pass the ball. Check the rankings and youll see who the real team in the state of kentucky is. Go cards. P.S. hope your ready for another gridiron beatdown.

  25. Abcd
    4:08 pm February 28, 2013 Permalink

    Cry me a river. Truth hurts!!! There are 5 guys in that picture that could still beat him 1 on 1 & he may end up D 2

  26. gocards
    4:09 pm February 28, 2013 Permalink

    I like to diddle little boys dangly bits. blame it on my insecurities.

  27. ff
    4:38 pm February 28, 2013 Permalink

    He sounds like Mush Mouth from Fat Albert.