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USA Today writer tweets about the Harrison twins

Eric Prisbell, a national college basketball writer for USA Today, has some interesting tweets about the Harrison twins and the battle between Kentucky and Maryland to sign them. Have a look:

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85 Comments for USA Today writer tweets about the Harrison twins

  1. Under Armor
    11:40 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Case closed going to Maryland. Want to rep Under Armor.

  2. wrong
    11:43 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    I think what he meant was his AAU coach who is probably paid by under armour.

  3. really
    11:43 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    really ? why would an UA official be allowed to contact them … and why would the dad make that public ?

  4. JMF
    11:43 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Reading this tells me it is 100% Maryland. Shabazz type shadiness going on with Harrison Sr….

  5. CatsFan
    11:47 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Look for a t jones type situation after these two commit to maryland on thursday. I have heard the twins have a close friend who cal is trying to per$uade to come to lexington if certain items are included in the deal.

  6. JortsJr
    11:47 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    #1 agreed
    “What Daddy says.., da Twins DO” Show me da money Under Armor!

    aka Cam Newton ( The documents indicate Newton’s father, Cecil Newton, and ex-Mississippi State player Kenny Rogers sought from $120,000 to $180,000 for the quarterback to sign with the Bulldogs out of junior college but didn’t ask any other school for money )

  7. Laker Cat 18
    11:49 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    If this is legal, sounds like Nike needs to step it up.

  8. mike
    11:50 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    hey #5. kentucky doesn’t pay players. at all. trust me. why the heck would alex poythress be picking up a part time job in lexington this semester if he were being paid behind closed doors???? doesn’t make sense to me.

  9. Jezz
    11:51 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Well that… is not very good.

  10. VSF
    11:52 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Why does Harrison Sr NEVER mention Cal? Seems odd to me…Turgeon, Wright (not even considering Nova).

  11. You Know
    11:55 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe I’m naive, but I don’t understand why a player’s AAU team uniform brand should make a difference in where they go to college.

  12. Joe
    11:55 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t fall for this. They are just building up the suspense for the decision. It’s all UK. My inside sources (me) tell me they are choosing UK. Don’t worry.

  13. RYNO
    11:56 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    How many reporters does USA Today have embedded with the Harrison twins? This is what, the 3rd guy who has released “insider info” about their recruitment? I think they’re going to UK. The last flavor of the month USA Today reporter said it would be UK.

  14. Jus Sayin
    11:57 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Welp we missed on them. Have to make sure we land Young and wiggins.

  15. Capt
    11:57 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Oh well. I’m still hoping for julius randle.

  16. RYNO
    11:59 am October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Why didn’t this idiot reporter ask him about Calipari. Seems natural since that’s who’s been leading in their recruitment this whole time. Jay Wright? Kevin Plank? Why are these even questions?

  17. Common Sense
    12:00 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    I like under armour, but there is nothing better than Nike. Does someone really think Maryland’s football jerseys are better than Oregon’s!?!? No way!!! But that being said, this looks like the twins are going to Maryland. Makes me sick.

  18. UK King
    12:02 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Wow, this is depressing. All signs point to MD. I live close to the UMD campus and it is a dump. This really is shocking.

  19. RYNO
    12:03 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    17) Even though everything leading up to this says they are going to UK? I don’t understand why everyone’s so sure they are going to Maryland. All signs were pointed to UK until this. Turgeon is going to see them tomorrow to try to save their recruitment!! But some reporter asks some leading questions and Tweets out some circumstantial evidence Maryland might have a slight chance, and it’s, “Oh well, they’re going to UM” YOU REALIZE THIS IS JOHN CALIPARI RECRUITING THEM AND NOT GILLISPIE RIGHT?!?!?

  20. Taco
    12:05 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    I may be way off but why does it matter what under armour wants while a kid goes to college? Because of college jersey sales? Twins can sign with under armour when they leave for the league. Doesn’t matter we wear Nike. John Wall selling Reebok shoes and we wear Nike. I don’t get it. Oh well, sounds like they’re going to Maryland because of it anyway. If so, I hear probation!

  21. RYNO
    12:06 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    18) All signs except everything leading up to these vague Tweets by a reporter you mean?

  22. DAWG
    12:06 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Any update on Patterson or Lucas?

  23. #Rise
    12:06 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Sounds like Under Armour got a deal done. I guess daddy will be happy. Hope they have fun watching their draft stock plummet.

  24. bob
    12:08 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    8. Mike, I hate to burst your fairy tale bubble but we DO pay players. A large majority of teams do, both football and basketball and it just so happens we are one of the basketball teams that do. Just accept the fact that we are very good at not getting caught and stop living in mickey mouse land. I hope cal use his magic and get these kids here we need them.

  25. RYNO
    12:08 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Jesus! Why anyone doubts Calipari at this point is beyond ridiculous. Cheer up whiners. They’re coming to UK, and so is a couple more of the top 5 in 2013.

  26. tuxedo park
    12:09 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    They are making a big mistake if they go to Maryland. How much is 4-5 picks down worth in rookie contract salary?

  27. emlang08
    12:09 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    ACC Network

    Nuff said!

  28. RYNO
    12:10 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    24) You do?!!? Wow. How much did you pay Anthony Davis to come to UK?

  29. Eric K
    12:10 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink


  30. Mkgistebow
    12:10 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    No1 cares about the brand, it’s a common idiotic assumption that they do. Nike is still cooler than au & au’s basketball shoes are str8 garbage. That being said, if cal REALLY wants them he will get them. I think these 2 might be more trouble than they’re worth(overbearing parent & self-centered attitudes). I want wiggins young & randle. Those 3 are more than enough to win another championship.

  31. Doubting Thomas
    12:11 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    I doubt we get this guys!

  32. RYNO
    12:11 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    27) TerpTV, ooooh yeah! That sealed the deal right there! Get off here UofL trolls! Stop living your sports lives vicariously through UK fans!! Wishing you had a shot at any of the top 10 doesn’t help your basketball program.

  33. gossie21
    12:11 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    13. I think you are confusing the Reporter who spoke with Julius Randle and said he would guess UK, with this guy.

  34. ksr
    12:12 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    I hear the Harrison twins bought a horse farm in lexington

  35. joker blows
    12:12 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    It doesn’t matter if they come or not. We will have a incredible class with or without them! Its better to have them but if they go to the Terps you’ll never hear of them again. They will push Duke and NC State but at the end of the day they won’t even win the ACC.

  36. Terry
    12:13 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Who really cares? These kids can go wherever they want. Kentucky will move on, Cal will still put together a great team, we will win a lot of games. Everybody relax and enjoy the ride we are on right now.

  37. Will S
    12:16 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    There are four main reason why the Twins will pick Maryland.
    1) Under Armour.
    2) Lots of family in Baltimore, MD area (mom is huge on this).
    3) Harrison Sr has had a very close relationship with Turgeon for a long, long time.
    4) Maryland got an in-home visit on Wednesday to close the deal, and Turgeon was reportedly in Texas last week visiting the Twins as well.

    This seems to me like an Under Armour/Family type of situation. They obviously want to be the flag-bearers for Under Armour for years to come in the NBA. Also, the mother and father have both insisted that family is more important than basketball. The mother actually said she doesnt care if they never play basketball again, that she wants “her boys to be safe.” An unknown Lexington, KY, or friends and family in/around the Maryland area.

    Seems like a done deal to me. Twins go to Maryland.

  38. Will S
    12:17 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    RYNO- you seem very agitated this morning. Relax. It’s not the end of the world. Even the best recruits lose battles sometimes.

  39. WTF
    12:17 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    OK… So this under-armor stuff.. This HAS to be against NCAA rules doesnt it? This is the most shady thing ive heard in months. Maryland can have them if they are going to be ineligible

  40. Scott Van Pelt
    12:19 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    he a terp

  41. Common Sense
    12:22 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Come to Lexington for 1 year to win a championship, build up your media hype to huge heights and become national stars, solidify high draft stock and then still sign with Under Armour once in the league. Under Armour should be pushing this plan as well if they know what’s best for them. Otherwise, they basically spend a year at MD and improve nothing, don’t build their brand, etc.

  42. NYC_Cat
    12:23 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    This is a true toss up. I wonder if the losing school will be good sports about it or bitter spurned children?

  43. John Wall
    12:33 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    #36 Gets it

  44. UKBlue
    12:34 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    This whole father thing is weird; yea they’re not coming to UK.

  45. Adam
    12:37 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    11 – because their Dad runs the AAU team. He needs to make sure that relationship stays positive. Folks, this is all for nothing, the twins are picking UK (they’ve already decided). RELAX

  46. Katdaddy
    12:45 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    I agree with #30

  47. GasCan
    12:52 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    #42 is a sock puppet for a troll terp fan, DO NOT CLICK THE LINK!!!

  48. Big Blue 66
    12:52 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    first off, this is doing exactly what they want it to do…build interest for their presser. 2. Give me Young, Randall and have Wiggins reclassify and I can care less where they go 3. This is what the NCAA gets for limiting coaches on visits and meetings with players during the year, an out of control AAU circuit and the sponsors that have already paid these kids parents and kids with apparel, expenses etc, showing up with the IOU

  49. Big Blue 66
    12:54 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    oops randle……always screw that up…and oh…In Cal I trust

  50. Rixter
    12:55 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    You MORONS have been listening to Harrison, SR all this time, and he hasn’t been right one single time. NOT ONCE Yeah, but maybe this time he is.


  51. aCATSfan21
    1:00 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    There’s no way these kids can burn Cal and the Cats…they’ve been #1 on our list for a couple years now and I think they know where they want to go…it’s their family, friends, AAU affiliates that want them elsewhere. I want to say I’m not nervous at all but I am! With Wiggins, Randle, Lee, Young, and others waiting to see what they will do…I’m pretty sure it’s a win-win for Calipari either way!

  52. J
    1:02 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    If they do pick MD the NCAA needs to be all up in their colons as soon as the LOI is signed..Not really because they DID NOT choose UK as much as all the crap the dad has said about their ties with UA. That deal sounds extremely dirty to me.

  53. The Oval Office
    1:03 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Calipari put Josh Harrellson in the NBA.

    Point being, if they don’t come (which i’m leaning more and more towards wanting everyday) we will be fine! Calipari will find a kid that will make it happen, and that kid will.

    Like 49 stated, In Cal I trust.

    The drama with these two and the dad just haaaaaaas to be SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO thick. Ugh.

  54. backpack
    1:03 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    This happens every year, we are the lead for a guy we get mixed signals towards the end. They try to throw everyone off at the end, give the school they are not going to go to some pub. Last season Nerlens was considered coming to UK until the day of his announcement and everyone thought he was going to Georgetown. Harrison Twins will be at UK next season. Their dad isn’t as dumb as he sounds sometimes.

  55. No Brainer
    1:10 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    They will be at Kentucky.

  56. Raazoul
    1:11 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    The only thing that worries me is that Under Armour deal. You know that signing with Maryland guarantees them Under Armour contracts after they leave. So now they have to decide if they want to roll the dice to be the best of the best (UK), or take the sure thing and make big $$ right away without worrying. Plus they can be king at Maryland. They won’t sniff a title but they’ll be the best players by a mile on that team.

  57. Raazoul
    1:13 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    All I know is Calipari has yet to miss on a single kid since being at UK. I don’t believe anyone ever stood a chance but UCLA with Shabazz plus his issues don’t help. 2013 will be the greatest class ever. Twins, Randle, Wiggins, etc.

  58. Rixter
    1:14 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Look, Cal knows these kids, he knows their dad. He isn’t going to make an offer to 2 kids who are more trouble than they are worth…His job is hard enough already.

    Calm down, it’ll all work out

  59. Big Blue Coming at You
    1:15 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    The fact that they are hosting Maryland the day before they are announcing tells me that they are most likely going to UK. Cal had to do the same thing with Shabazz but lost in the end which was probably a good thing anyway. They’re just giving Maryland a courtesy visit imo.

  60. Aaron Harrison, Sr
    1:15 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    The twins are going to shock the world on Thursday.
    Believe it.

  61. the Big Dog
    1:18 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    This guy must be up for father of the year- the only guy allowed to talk to his sons is shoe salesman? And the coaches are corrupt? What planet is he from?

  62. DGC
    1:21 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Why would Maryland be visiting NOW after visiting recently? Unless they know the choice is UK, and this is a last-minute effort?

  63. Rick Roy
    1:22 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Geezis you guys are ridiculous!!!

  64. DGC
    1:24 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Twins, Wiggins, Randle, Young, will be the best class ever!

  65. CalCheats
    1:26 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    BREAKING NEWS: Harrison Twins are headed to MD. Neither one enjoyed getting hit by drops of grease flying off the Kentucky coach’s hair. Said MD is a much better environment for them, happy with their decision.

  66. theSkinny81
    1:35 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    60 – that’s funny, that’s the same thing Nerlens Noel tweeted out before committing to UK.

  67. ok so
    1:48 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    All the trolls that come here are technically just UK fans. In the same way people who listen to howard stern everyday and call in and cuss him out for being a bad person are howard stern fans. LOL you hate UK more than you like your team. I feel bad for these people and I can only imagine how horrible it must be to be filled with such hate and disdain. Why do people hate people like Lebron, Tom Brady and Derek Jeter? Its because they are the best at what they do in their sport. Haters gon’ hate…..

  68. catlogic15
    1:53 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    It’s as if the twins have decided to come to Kentucky, but Dad is putting a full court social media press on them to make them feel guilty and choose Terps.
    There has to be something to Dad’s obsession with UA. And WTF Jay Wright? He must be Dad’s agent in blasting BBN, maybe for not seriously considering him.
    Yes, Cal has either impressed them and it’s done, or perhaps he tired of Sr.’s drama and backed off recently. Turgeon could be there to deliver/witness the LOI at Sr.’s behest. This whole thing, if Maryland, just doesnt pass the smell test.

  69. CWW
    2:07 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    I am starting to think the Harrison’s are going to MD, but here’s the thing, it won’t matter. I think if the twins don’t pick UK, then we get Young, Wiggins, Randle, and one of Gordon or Lee. Cal will find a competent PG (possibly a returning Harrow) to run the team. We will be the best team in the country next year, with or without them. It really does not matter what their choice is. I would rather have them playing for the Cats than not, but realistically, Cal will take care of business one way or another. BELIEVE THAT!

  70. Jason
    2:11 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t get it 100% of Maryland fan base says they will pick Maryland and Kentucky fans say 50/50 you know Maryland fans reading this.

  71. Han
    2:18 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Sounds to me like Under Armour has too much contact with amateur athletes and the twins’ father isn’t helping the issue. How you could let an apparel rep have contact with your kids but not college coaches tells me the dollar signs are impacting his parenting too much.

    No offense if you all are reading this, Harrison family. Money is important, but you’ll get shoe deals when you go pro no matter where you go if you’re as good as you seem.

  72. catlogic15
    2:32 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    71. Don’t apologize to the “family”. Taking money from Under Armor now to sign with Maryland is cheating.

  73. catsmayn
    2:37 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    I was reading a Maryland message board last night and a Terps fan on there said he had connections with a family in Louisville who are boosters for UK… He said every time this family says a particular recruit will go to UK, they always do. He said the family told him the Harrison twins are gonna pick the CATS. Remember… This was from a Terps fan. I hope he’s right

  74. Jones Returns
    2:44 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Just for clarity here…are we talking about Maryland? Maryland? Are you fu$#ing serious? Maryland? Really Maryland? mmmkkk. Have fun with that. Enjoy your first/second round exit from the tourney and minimal T.V. exposure throught the season. Maryland? You can’t be serious… Make the right decision… Maryland… haha…and I thought you were serious for a second. You’re crazy…Get over here you silly goof balls. Maryland…haha

  75. Al's IndiCats
    2:56 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    We all need to relax a bit. MD’s coach is trying to get the kids to change their minds, for if I were to read into this inhome visit, the Twins already told them of their decision to come to the HEART and soul of college basketball……Remember folks “WE ARE THE NEEDLE”!!!!!!

  76. ChicagoCat
    3:03 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    Only reason for moving their decision date from Oct. 29th to Oct. 11th is that it’s the day before they have to go to one college’s Midnight Madness. And the change in date only make sense if they had decided to go to UK’s event. It would seem to me that The Twins can’t come to UK’s Midnight Madness on Friday, unless they officially commit to the Cats on Thursday. If they went to Maryland’s, they could say we went to UK last year. No one would blink an eye. If they come to UK that is two years in a row for them and there is no doubt they would become the first commits to the 2014 class. The key here is the change in the decision date. The dad is happy to play the game courting two great teams and holding MIke and UA in the balance. If he held the upperhand for UM, they would be going to that practice and could easily make their choice on 10/29 as they had said all along. While it is far from done, I think this plays stronger to UK’s case. We will know tomorrow.

  77. CatsInTheBelfry
    3:22 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    I find it hilarious that fans of the Wildcats coached by John “Two vacated tournaments at two different schools” Calipari thinks that the OTHER school has to be cheating if they land recruits instead of UK. And with all the national tv contracts and blanket coverage by hundreds of national sports station, do any teams have minimal TV exposure anymore. Hell, almost every Gonzaga game was televised nationally last year.
    UK fans, with their blind optimism and reverence for the only sport worth watching at their school, never fail to amaze me with their air of arrogance and self-superiority. You all are worse than the whacked-out State Penn football fans. As a fan of neither school but a reader of both school’s fan boards, I hope the Harrisons go to UMD so I can read all of the conspiracy theories proposed by the UK fans.

  78. Scotty Sharp
    3:43 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    74) Gary Williams took Maryland to 14 NCAA tournaments and two Final Fours including an NCAA championship in 2001-02. I bleed blue, but let’s not act like Maryland basketball program has no tradition.

  79. Will S
    3:52 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    77) I kind of thought the same thing, funny hearing BBN cry foul over recruiting tactics.

  80. bluetooth
    4:02 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    77 … bats in your belfry i think . when and where did coach cal say he thinks the other school is cheating ? give us a link to that . the twins will be wildcats thursday . you go back to 4th street and worship at the feet of mt. pitino . conspiracy theories ? i have read every post on this thread and see no conspiracy theories being offered . some idle speculation about smarmy UA connections . the twins dad makes some very strange statements then backtracks on all of them leading to speculative comments from us uk fans . compare us to state pen ? yea we are running a chester program . take a hike bird boy

  81. ChicagoCat
    4:08 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    So sorry I got my dates wrong. Been sick and lost a week, that or I am a LOOPER! And I am going to close this loop by saying that the logic still holds. Travel plans for Midnight Madness will come out. Only way you see the Harrison Twins back in Rupp is if they have already committed to the Cats. Add the pressure of wanting to be first to commit and they move up the commitment date. Go Cats!

  82. CatsInTheBelfry
    4:51 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    80….uhhh Bluetoof, perhaps you shoould READ before you open your pie hole. Did you see words 6-9 of post 77, which states ‘fans of the Wildcats’ think the other school is cheating and not Coach Cal??!! Perhaps you should take a hike, blueboy, to a reading comprehension class.

  83. Duke sucks
    9:59 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink

    So #80 You are a self admitted troll. You go to PSU sites to hear what they say. That’s kinda sick that you would bask in amusement from child abuse taking place. That alone shows me you sir are one sick puppy. To even try to bring kids cheating on a test and one taking money from a agent into the realm of child abuse is well, sick.
    How much money have you seen Cal give a player? What’s that
    Who has ever brought proof of Cal cheating? What’s that
    It’s silence since Cal has never been in trouble with the NCAA never!
    I suggest you seek medical help for getting any amusement from child abuse. You need some time in a padded room.

  84. Duke sucks
    10:00 pm October 2, 2012 Permalink


  85. CatsInTheBelfry
    12:49 pm October 3, 2012 Permalink

    Uhh Duke sucks, perhaps you should join Bluetoof int he reading comprehension classes. How you drew the conclusion from my comment about State Penn fans into getting amusement from child molestation tells me YOU are the one in need of a padded room (with a Coach Cal poster on the wall). I suggest you seek medical help for your lack of logic and coherence (maybe you had a stroke or something).
    As for who has brought proof of Slick Cal’s cheating, I guess the reason his tournament appearances at TWO different schools were, of course, the fault of external influences that Calipari didnt know about/had no control over. Don’t have to look too hard to see the common thread, number three will come soon enough.