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Has Aaron Harrison emerged as Kentucky’s most consistent player?

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.

 

Article written by Ally Tucker

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

25 Comments for Has Aaron Harrison emerged as Kentucky’s most consistent player?



  1. Rei
    6:11 pm December 21, 2013 Permalink

    He’s definitely not the 3 point shooter we were told he was. Nor is James Young, who is just awful in my opinion. I think if Aa. Harrison fixes the 3 point woes, he’ll be our most consistent for sure.



    • Delk for 3
      6:20 pm December 21, 2013 Permalink

      Neither one is a dead-eye shooter, but neither one is “awful” at shooting the 3 either. James Young is especially not an “awful” shooter, as he is shooting a very respectable 34 percent from deep. Young is just extremely streaky. Our team needs to recognize when he is hot because when he is, he can be quite a weapon.



    • Daniel
      7:00 pm December 21, 2013 Permalink

      awful?… both are good 3 point shooters. and I didn’t think James Young was awful from 3 in the Boise game



  2. Delk for 3
    6:15 pm December 21, 2013 Permalink

    There is no question about it. He is certainly our most reliable and consistent player. It just seems like he plays under control and delivers the goods every game.



  3. Mean Randy
    6:20 pm December 21, 2013 Permalink

    Well, he is definitely more consistent than his brother.



  4. Bling
    6:27 pm December 21, 2013 Permalink

    No, by definition, Hawkins is the most consistent player



  5. Moonshine nate
    6:27 pm December 21, 2013 Permalink

    Really, KSR just picking this story up. He has been really good so far, comments on this blog has pointed this out four, or five games ago. Way to stay up to date, and tell us some news we already knew.



  6. Las Vegas
    6:28 pm December 21, 2013 Permalink

    UK is getting housed on the 28th, cards by 17.



    • What?
      7:16 pm December 21, 2013 Permalink

      Housed? Lay off the sauce. It undermines your credibility, which is already nonexistent.



    • RealCatsFan
      8:53 pm December 21, 2013 Permalink

      You mean UK is going to receive public housing assistance, just like you and the majority of your ghetto fan base?



  7. Kdh
    6:31 pm December 21, 2013 Permalink

    Yes, he and Willie



  8. Moonshine nate
    6:32 pm December 21, 2013 Permalink

    Since I’m on my soap box I will pull another “Gundy” ” they are kids I’m a grown man” . Get a grip BBN



  9. Daniel
    6:59 pm December 21, 2013 Permalink

    I love Aaron’s scorers mentality.. and don’t overlook the steal he got today to a score and recent games



  10. KG
    7:08 pm December 21, 2013 Permalink

    He’s tough as nails and un-flappable at crunch time. They all showed some grit today. Young was 0-2 today from the 3. That’s not exactly horrible.
    There will be enough red fleathers flying around the Yum center next week to stuff a mattress warehouse….believe it!



  11. bigblue091812
    7:35 pm December 21, 2013 Permalink

    Why around the chicken bucket, they play in Rupp. By the way, this is not a rival game, UK players don’t know loserville players and vice versa. It would be if AD and Kidd-Gilchrist played against loserville 3-4 times, this is just another game for our one and dones.



    • Chuck Norris
      7:52 pm December 21, 2013 Permalink

      I respectfully disagree. Just because a majority of these Cats will only face UL once, that doesn’t mean they can’t comprehend the importance of beating an intrastate rivalry.



    • Chuck Norris
      7:53 pm December 21, 2013 Permalink

      *rival



    • that guy
      9:17 pm December 21, 2013 Permalink

      Chuck Norris doesn’t make spelling errors. IMPOSTER!!!



  12. Blake
    7:44 pm December 21, 2013 Permalink

    Aaron has been great definitely, but his brother has a harder position to learn and they basically have the same skill set so he’ll be fine.



  13. Mac
    7:54 pm December 21, 2013 Permalink

    “Consistent” is relative. He’s shooting 43% from the field, and 31% from 3. He’s averaging less than a block per game, .1 more than 1 steal per game (be still my heart). That said, he’s put up ‘some’ numbers when he plays, even if his efficiency is poor.



    • Chuck Norris
      8:01 pm December 21, 2013 Permalink

      Uh, maybe I missed something, when did blocks per game become an important stat for a shooting guard?



    • M
      8:31 pm December 21, 2013 Permalink

      So 1.1 steals per game…lol.



  14. Mr.Jagerbomb
    8:05 pm December 21, 2013 Permalink

    Bruuuuuuuuue……
    Whiteeeeeeeee
    …said all patrons of UK bar in japan



  15. Bunny
    11:28 pm December 21, 2013 Permalink

    I like Aaron’s cool. poise, and consistency. Outstanding for a Freshman…



  16. billygillespie
    4:39 am December 24, 2013 Permalink

    This isn’t the university of Aaron Harrison!!!