Julius Randle will snag most of the headlines after today’s game, finishing with 29 points and 10 rebounds to get back on track with his double-double pace. As good as Randle was today, Aaron Harrison has consistently emerged as the “go-to” guy for this Kentucky team over the last 7 games or so. The recent stretch for Aaron Harrison has been incredibly impressive, highlighted by a 23 point, 7 assist and 6 rebound performance today against Belmont.
Often times coupled in as a “struggling duo” with his brother, point guard Andrew Harrison, Aaron’s strong performances as of late have flown a bit under the radar. In fact, the last time Aaron Harrison failed to reach double digits in a game was over a month ago against UT-Arlington. Aaron tallied 5 points in that game before reeling off a string of 7 straight games reaching double figures in scoring. Aaron hasn’t just been filling up the stat sheet with points though, he’s been getting it done in other facets of his game as well. Aaron has emerged as perhaps Kentucky’s best, and most consistent player during the last month.
Just how good has Aaron Harrison been lately? Let’s take a quick look at the last 7 games for Harrison:
— Aaron Harrison has led the team in scoring during the 7 game stretch with 17.0 points per game
— Harrison has eclipsed the 20 point park 3 times (22, 20 and 23)
— Harrison has scored at least 11 points in each of the last 7 games
— Harrison has grabbed 26 rebounds
— Harrison has averaged 2.86 assists per game
— Harrison has gone 75% from the FT line, including 8-11 today
Today’s performance proved that this team goes as Julius Randle, Aaron Harrison and Willie Cauley-Stein go. When that trio of players have a good game, Kentucky generally plays its best. While other players have been hit or miss at times during the last month, Aaron Harrison has quietly emerged as this team’s leader and go-to consistent performer.
Calipari’s explanation for why Aaron might be playing a little better than his twin brother Andrew right now? “He is 12 minutes older, so he’s more mature.” Cal’s so funny.