Ryan Harrow was probably the most frustrating player of the Calipari era. After practicing with a national championship team for an entire season, Harrow was expected to continue the trend of exceptional point guards under John Calipari. Alas, the spotlight at Kentucky proved too bright for Harrow, and he transferred to Georgia State at the end of last season. If his performance to date is any indication, the decision was the right one.
Harrow is currently averaging 19.1 points, 4.5 assists, and 1.7 turnovers per game at Georgia State. At the midpoint of the season, he has already had several huge games: like at Vanderbilt (27 points 4 assists 4 rebounds), at Elon (34 point 4 assists 4 rebounds) and vs. Old Dominion (33 points 3 assists 4 rebounds). The Panthers are currently 3rd place in the Sun Belt conference, which is ranked the 17th strongest league in Jeff Sagarin’s computer ratings.
While his level of competition has declined considerably, you can’t deny the improvement of Harrow’s play. His assist to turnover ratio has increased by 61% since transferring, and his points per minute are up 63%. Harrow is simply a better all-around player this season, and we should be happy for him.
The recruitment of the Harrison twins limited minutes in the back court this season, and Dominique Hawkins and Jarrod Polson have proved to be viable options as the back-up point guard. Frankly, Harrow would not have played much at Kentucky this year. At Georgia State, Ryan gets to showcase his skills with more playing time and less scrutiny. He also gets to be closer to his family, who caused him to miss some games at the beginning of last season. Despite his struggles at UK, one can only hope that Harrow will continue to succeed in his new home.