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Two views from the national media on the Harrison Twins to Kentucky

The comments regarding the Harrison Twins’ commitment to Kentucky have been flooding social media and the internet in general since their announcement just after 5:00 p.m. Some have called John Calipari and Kentucky a dynasty, a kingdom, a powerhouse, or some other variation of a similar sentiment. Others have simply called it the first step in securing another consecutive #1 recruiting class. Everyone was impressed with the haul, though not necessarily surprised– considering Calipari has continuously closed well with recruits even when another school seemed to be right there in the hunt.

CBSSports.com’s Jeff Borzello tweeted that Maryland had everything going for them, except John Calipari. And if we’ve learned anything since his arrival at Kentucky, he’s the ace in the hole. Borzello went on to write:

“Maryland had essentially everything going for it when it came to Andrew and Aaron Harrison. There was the six-year relationship head coach Mark Turgeon had with the family. There was the friendship Aaron Harrison Sr. had with assistant coach Bino Ranson, and the friendship the twins have with incoming Maryland freshman Shaq Cleare. The twins’ grandparents live in Baltimore. And of course, Under Armour.

Kentucky had John Calipari. And Calipari doesn’t lose. In the end, that’s all the Wildcats needed.”

Rob Dauster of NBCSports.com called the Harrison Twins’ commitment John Calipari’s most impressive recruiting job yet. 

 “The Harrison twins had, quite literally, EVERY reason in the world to go to Maryland. Their father grew up in East Baltimore and still has plenty of extended family in the area. Their father also has a terrific relationship with assistant Bino Ranson and with head coach Mark Turgeon, who he refers to as the “most upright citizen I have met in basketball” after seeing the way that Turgeon handled the death of a recruit named Tobi Oyedeji. The twins are also very close with a former AAU teammate named Shaquille Cleare, who is currently a freshman on the Maryland roster.

All that comes before you take into account the Under Armour factor. Under Armour was founded by a Maryland alum and former football player. Maryland is the apparel company’s flagship program, much the way that Oregon is for Nike. Under Armour has also sponsored the twin’s AAU team – coached by their father – for the past couple of summers. And pops also admitted to USA Today that the only person allowed to call his son’s cell phone was a rep from Under Armour.”

Maryland had as much of an “in” as anyone has had when it comes to a recruiting battle with John Calipari. But it simply didn’t matter. Whether or not you consider it to be Calipari’s most impressive recruiting haul of all time, or just Calipari doing what Calipari does best, today was another monumental moment for Kentucky basketball and the direction it has been going in, and continues to go in for the next few years.

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

33 Comments for Two views from the national media on the Harrison Twins to Kentucky



  1. BigBlue
    8:09 pm October 4, 2012 Permalink

    And Calipari doesn’t lose



  2. CaptObvious
    8:12 pm October 4, 2012 Permalink

    I sure hope that “relationship” with the Under Armour rep doesnt come back to bite us. Anyone else find that highly suspicious?



  3. Gene
    8:15 pm October 4, 2012 Permalink

    Can we give them the same number. I would mess with the defense’s mind!!



  4. Chas
    8:16 pm October 4, 2012 Permalink

    The UA rep does not bother me.



  5. In Cal We Trust
    8:24 pm October 4, 2012 Permalink

    It is great to be a UK fans!



  6. cakeonyou
    8:30 pm October 4, 2012 Permalink

    Unibrow, flat top, then twins…Yes.



  7. Ridge Runner
    8:31 pm October 4, 2012 Permalink

    2…When you are on the top of the mountain, you have to find ways to let confidence trump paranoia. If you don’t —everytime the good occurs, you worry & suddenly find yourself no longer on the mountain.



  8. Ridge Runner
    8:37 pm October 4, 2012 Permalink

    Be kinda awesome to see what numbers the twins jerseys will have and even more so how the names will be on the back. AN HARRISON and AA HARRISON…I would think.

    Damn, my mind is already envisioning the first game next year and we got 2012 final four to strive for. Please forgive me.



  9. istacy
    8:40 pm October 4, 2012 Permalink

    all i can say is our coach is a STUD!



  10. Head Bussa
    8:40 pm October 4, 2012 Permalink

    I know everyone is excited about this, and so am I. You gotta realize this year’s team has as good a chance as any though to cut down the nets. Don’t forget about this year’s team!



  11. Bulldawg
    8:41 pm October 4, 2012 Permalink

    Can u say 3-peat?



  12. Bleaker
    8:41 pm October 4, 2012 Permalink

    The common denominator= baltimore. Who the heck wants to be amywhere near that pisshole.



  13. Bmt22033
    8:42 pm October 4, 2012 Permalink

    @2 – the Under Armour relationship concerns me, also. If they went to MD, the NCAA would no doubt have given it at least a cursory glance. But since they’ve verbaled to Calipari, not only will the NCAA ratchet up the investigation but they’ll get a lot of free help from certain “journalists” whose primary goal in life is to be the person that finally “brings down” Calipari. I don’t think Andrew Harrison, Sr. Helped matters much with some of his comments re: UA, either.



  14. Head Bussa
    8:46 pm October 4, 2012 Permalink

    One thing I noticed about these kids after they got up after their announcement was how tall they are. For guards, they have legit size. I can’t wait to watch them. That stated, I can’t wait to watch “Quick Hitter” Harrow, “Power” Poythress, “Nasty” Noel, and Archie “Too Good” Goodwin do their damn thing this season!



  15. Head Bussa
    8:51 pm October 4, 2012 Permalink

    13 — All these big-time recruits have shoe company employees who build relationships with the kids throughout high school and AAU seasons. They get to know the kids and support their AAU teams financially with hopes that the kids will remember them when they go to sign a shoe deal upon entering the NBA. This is not just a deal with the Harrisons. It is the same deal with every major recruit everywhere. Nothing to be worried about.



  16. bmt22033
    8:57 pm October 4, 2012 Permalink

    $10 says that Ellen Calipari is not in her kitchen whipping up a “Congrats on Harrison and Harrison” cake for Coach Cal ala Billy Donovan’s wife… 😉



  17. Kentucky Effect!!!
    9:07 pm October 4, 2012 Permalink

    Who’s Calipari? Isn’t he the coach at Memphis?



  18. Explorer
    9:17 pm October 4, 2012 Permalink

    Guys don’t forget we are a Nike school. You don’t think Nike has strong relationships with players on their sponsored teams? This is status quo on the AAU circuit. This is a non-issue.



  19. BigMoney
    9:20 pm October 4, 2012 Permalink

    Who got offered more money…AD the twins? Go CATS$$$$



  20. marc maggard
    9:20 pm October 4, 2012 Permalink

    Sources are telling me the Harrison Twins are going to attend Kentucky.



  21. Han
    9:21 pm October 4, 2012 Permalink

    They say Maryland had everything going for them. Except an established coach and system and program success. (We have a better tradition, but yes, our recent success is relatively brief – but Maryland’s been in a whole for a long time in the eyes of young kids.) Except a track record of getting one-and-dones tot he league. Except fantastic talent. Except an elite coach. Except being one year removed from a title.

    That’s just a few exceptions to the “every reason to go to Maryland” argument. Many of the Maryland connections were about their father. Maybe they just wanted to be their own men.



  22. midnight madness
    9:36 pm October 4, 2012 Permalink

    Ok didnt they say fox sports south was goin to televise BBM. I live in Nashville and i cant find it on Comcast !!! Im starting to freak out!!!!



  23. Reality
    10:58 pm October 4, 2012 Permalink

    The going rate for a top 10 recruit is around $150,000. Cal and Wes are will to pay well above that. It is simple really.



  24. BigBlueHaitian
    11:15 pm October 4, 2012 Permalink

    No.23 is spot on.

    UCLA paid close to $150,000 for Kyle Anderson. St. John’s wouldn’t go for more than $75,000, and Ben Howland doubled it. #Fact.



  25. Linda Taylor
    11:20 pm October 4, 2012 Permalink

    22 – Yes, Fox Sports South is supposed to televise BBM. Do you have all available sports channels? Try calling your cable company to see if it is available. It may be in a larger package.



  26. Linda Taylor
    11:23 pm October 4, 2012 Permalink

    23 – Why are you always trolling on our website? Don’t you have anything better to do? Is your life that pathetic?



  27. Bec
    12:05 am October 5, 2012 Permalink

    26. Exactly. They’re gonna set us straight. Pathetic.



  28. DT from georgetown
    12:07 am October 5, 2012 Permalink

    BBN,how fun is this ? Jog your memory back to the BCG days (Billy Clyde,what a train wreck)
    Each and everyone of us should give Mr. John Calapari a high five or a blank check for making our day to day lives just a wee bit more tolerable.
    The man “gets it”
    Great job Coach Cal



  29. Duke sucks
    1:28 am October 5, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t leave out Tubby he tanked ou program in 10 years. BCG did us no favors, but he inherited a program with a worse team the Pitino had his first year.



  30. theSkinny81
    2:00 am October 5, 2012 Permalink

    23 – so THATS why Quick Rick never lands any. He’s such a man of good morals…..



  31. Big Whoop
    6:18 am October 5, 2012 Permalink

    Love it when UL fans post on here. The jealousy is highly entertaining. BTW, Under Armour is more influential in football, than basketball. Shoe companies have more influence with the dads than they do with players. Shabazz and Mr. Harrison testify to that.



  32. Rockfield, KY
    8:54 am October 5, 2012 Permalink

    23. Who cares, if Rozier ever gets eligible this decade, he’ll be the greatest player since Jordan. Ammirite???



  33. CatSinceBirth
    9:56 am October 5, 2012 Permalink

    I only hope we keep everything civilized pertaining to these kids and their family. They haven’t signed yet, and may not sign a LOI, so they are free to do as they please. I paid close attention to Mr. Harrison yesterday, and he was the last person in the gym to applaud, so treat the WHOLE family like rock stars. Matter of factly I’ll take them over any rock star I know of.