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Which “Package Deal” Will Have the Biggest Impact?


Last November, BBN held its collective breath throughout an ungodly long (or it seemed like that, anyway) ESPNU special, anxiously awaiting to hear if the Harrison twins would commit to Kentucky or follow their father’s lead and head to Maryland. When the hats were donned and the UK logo firmly fixed on their heads, and when everyone had finished tweeting their best jokes and puns about twins (“Twins, Basil, twins!”), the realization slowly settled in that the Cats had nabbed the best package deal in college basketball history.



After all, Aaron and Andrew Harrison are the two highest rated guards in their class (Aaron at shooting, Andrew at point, and yes, we’ll remind you of that multiple times before basketball season begins). The Harrisons were early commitments, with only Derek Willis beating them to the punch, and set off a domino effect of other elite recruits choosing Kentucky. ranks them third (Andrew) and fourth (Aaron) overall in the class of 2013, and it’s widely agreed upon that they’ll be lottery picks in next year’s draft. Plus, the mythical “twin connection” (plus years of playing together) might translate to incredible on-court chemistry- something last year’s team was severely lacking. Yup, sounds like the best package deal in college basketball history to me.


Not so fast, though. Center Jahlil Okafor and point guard Tyus Jones of the class of 2014 allegedly want to team up as well. Okafor has made the bold statement that there’s a “99.9% chance” that he and Jones will attend the same college. A lot could change before they officially commit, but if Okafor’s assertion ends up coming true, would it be a bigger package deal than the Harrison twins?



It’s kind of like comparing apples and oranges. A center/point guard tandem is very different than a shooting guard/point guard pair- especially when the point guards’ styles of play are somewhat contrasting. Andrew Harrison, at 6-5 and 210 pounds, is Cal’s favorite type of point guard- a guy with great size who can run the show for the team and create scoring opportunities for himself as well. He’s dynamic. Tyus Jones (ranked #2 by Scout), meanwhile, is a more traditional PG. He has a high basketball IQ and can manage the game while enabling his teammates to score- but he’s not a flashy player who will have the ball in his hands when the clock winds down.


And how would you like your point guard combo, sir? With a side of center or shooting guard? Okafor, the top player of next year according to Scout, is 6-11 with great ball-handling skills and footwork for his size. He’s a force to be reckoned with on both ends of the court. Aaron Harrison, at SG, can score from anywhere.


So how can you judge the best package deal in college basketball when the rankings are virtually the same but the positions and players involved are very different? Does the twin chemistry win out over having elite players at two different positions? Or would a traditional point guard-center duo be more useful to Kentucky (and a bigger hurt on other schools in the mix for Okafor/Jones)? I’m asking because I really don’t know. But I’m sure you’ll tell me in the comments section.



Article written by Kristen Geil

12 Comments for Which “Package Deal” Will Have the Biggest Impact?

  1. The 10th Doctor
    4:10 pm May 4, 2013 Permalink

    Sucks that Okafor/Jones is a package deal. Mudiay is much more suited for Cal’s offense than Jones, but I’m afraid Cal will take Jones just to land Okafor.

  2. snarkster
    4:12 pm May 4, 2013 Permalink

    Gotta go with te Harrisons. There is no PG/SG combo to compare with them n the 2013 class. Jones and Okafor are certianly a great pair, but from the UK point of view, Im not sure if Cal wouldn’t prefer Mudiay/Alexander if he haqd hs druthers.

  3. SECtvdeal
    4:27 pm May 4, 2013 Permalink

    It’s college basketball. No one cares.

  4. Yoyo
    4:29 pm May 4, 2013 Permalink

    Can you guys imagine if Kevin Durant had a twin? A point forward and center twin for Cbb. Prolly wouldn’t play center in nba but lengthy enough to play the 5 in Cbb.

  5. Jeffrey
    4:35 pm May 4, 2013 Permalink

    The twins, hands down. For starters, they play a vital to our offense efficiency being our guards. Plus they’re more talented.

  6. brain
    4:40 pm May 4, 2013 Permalink

    The Harrison’s will have the biggest impact because they’ll be at UK next year with the greatest recruiting class ever. No class will ever touch this one.

  7. Slow Down
    4:48 pm May 4, 2013 Permalink

    Let history decide! These hypo’s are stupid!

  8. The Two- Headed Dog Boy
    5:00 pm May 4, 2013 Permalink

    Kristin, I am really not trying to be mean but why do you post articles without ever checking your facts? You write “Last November, BBN held its collective…”. Why were we holding our breath in NOVEMBER when the twins announced their decision OCTOBER 4th? Is it really that hard to check facts?

  9. The Two- Headed Dog Boy
    5:07 pm May 4, 2013 Permalink

    Hey Kristin I have an idea for a new article you could write. You could pose the question “If the 2013 UK basketball team were a salad, what ingredient would each player be?” All of us lucky readers could then pick a player and an ingredient. I pick the Harrison twins and I will say they are the oil and vinegar. Someone else could pick Randle and say he is the tomato…etc, etc. How much fun would that be?

  10. Hudson
    5:10 pm May 4, 2013 Permalink

    Twins hands-down. Not just saying that because I’m a homer, but the twins are two kids that have played together for their entire lives. There’s nothing that can replace that.

  11. Chaz
    5:35 pm May 4, 2013 Permalink

    It all depends on the team we have at the time the package deal is available. For this year we have have an abundance of big guys (WCS,KW,JR,AP,ML,DJ and DW),no brainer, twins win.

    In the 2014 season, we’ve got Towns, Johnson may be back, Marcus may be back, heck even WCS may return if he likes the college life that much. Kyle’s probably back too and Willis may turn out to be really good. If that’s the case Mudiay by himself (who needs a package deal if that’s your team?) is the clear winner over any package. It’s all speculation, but it’s fun. I Like the Twins over Jones and Okafor in either scenario.

  12. Andrew
    1:31 am May 5, 2013 Permalink

    Mudiay>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Jones that’s all that matters with Towns already signed up and Lyles and Alexander right there. Just hope Jones goes to Minnesota or the 2 of them go to Mich St. instead of Duke or else Duke is going to be sick nasty in 2014 although Quinn Cook will be a senior then and it’s hard to imagine K playing Jones over Cook so that could push away towards State