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BBN Jam Round One: (2014) Randle & Aaron Harrison vs. (2006) Rondo & Morris

If this game were based on recruiting rankings alone, they would both be one seeds.

Tubby Smith recruited like John Calipari in 2004. Rajon Rondo was a top 20 point guard in America at Louisville Eastern High School when he transferred to Oak Hill Academy. The crown jewel of a typical Tubby class, Rondo was actually ranked lower than Joe Crawford and Randolph Morris. The 6’11” center played for arguably the best AAU team in the history of AAU teams, teaming up with Dwight Howard and Josh Smith for the Atlanta Celtics, two future first round draft picks.

Randle and the Harrison Twins headlined Calipari’s best class at Kentucky. The 2013 recruiting class had six McDonald’s All-Americans, four of which were considered the best at their position in the country. The 40-0 hype might not have been deserved midway through the season, but they earned it with a miraculous NCAA Tournament run, one that would have never been topped if they had just been able to take down Kemba Walker in the National Championship Game.

TALE OF THE TAPE

After discovering Randolph Morris’ fax, the big guy could have played physical enough to keep up with Randle, a walking double-double that fell victim to every double team imaginable. Rondo is talented and long enough to be able to tag off Harrison in a 2v2 matchup and poke the ball free from Randle.

Watching Harrison guard Rondo could get ugly. The twin would probably not extend his defense beyond the free throw line. If drawn too far away from the basket, Rondo could easily run right by Harrison. However, when push came to shove on the other end, it’s hard to believe that anybody can guard this:

How do you think this matchup would unfold?

Who wins the duel between Tubby Smith and John Calipari's highest-ranked recruiting classes? https://kentuckysportsradio.com/basketball-2/bbn-jam-round-one-2014-randle-aaron-harrison-vs-2006-rondo-morris/

Posted by Kentucky Sports Radio on Saturday, April 4, 2020

 

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR