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The official release from UK with quotes from Cal and the twins

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The University of Kentucky just confirmed the twins’ announcement:

Freshman guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison will return to the Kentucky men’s basketball program for the 2014-15 season, they announced Friday.

Aaron Harrison started all 40 games for the Wildcats during the 2013-14 season and averaged 13.7 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. He knocked down three of UK’s all-time most memorable shots in three consecutive games in helping UK past Louisville, Michigan and Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament to reach the national championship contest.

“I’m coming back for a second season in large part because last year’s title run was special, but we still have unfinished business,” Aaron Harrison said.

Andrew Harrison started 39 games for UK and poured in 10.9 points and added 4.0 assists per game. He dished out three or more assists in seven of UK’s final nine games. His-20 point performance led all Wildcat scorers in an upset of No. 1 seed Wichita State in the NCAA Tournament.

“I’m returning for my sophomore season because I want to win a national title.” Andrew Harrison said.

“I’m excited about Aaron and Andrew’s decision to return for next season,” head coach John Calipari said. “Their postseason play was a result of the improvement they made all season and displayed what they’re capable of doing on the court. I look forward to having the opportunity to work with them during the summer and watch them lead next year’s team.”

Sophomores Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress and fellow freshmen Dakari Johnson and Marcus Lee have already announced their intentions to return for the 2014-15 season.

With the announcement of the Harrisons, Kentucky is set to return 67 percent of its assists (300), 65 percent of minutes played, 59 percent of its scoring (1,773) and 54 percent of its rebounds (872) produced from its Final Four squad.

Additional returnees include freshmen Dominque Hawkins, Derek Willis and EJ Floreal, who all saw action this season. The Wildcats will also welcome the No. 2 rated recruiting class in the nation that sports four McDonald’s All-America and Jordan Brand Classic players in Devin Booker, Trey Lyles, Karl-Anthony Towns and Tyler Ulis.

That really happened, folks.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

120 Comments for The official release from UK with quotes from Cal and the twins



  1. Leslie
    1:29 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    I LOVE IT!!!!!



    • Luther
      1:55 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      The crowd loves it…



  2. stevem
    1:30 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    Well alrighty then.



  3. el chupacabra
    1:31 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    yesssssss! tell me i’m not just hallucinating from all this grass!!!!



  4. Gman
    1:31 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    We are going to be scary next year. I love that they are saying they came back for a title, even if it isn’t true.



    • Reality
      1:58 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Reminder… We still have lost our best two players. Stop with all the drama and lets just try to enjoy a year without all the crazy expectations!!,



    • Blue
      2:00 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Gee thanks for your wet blanket.



  5. Rob
    1:31 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    Stacked and Jacked!!!!!!!!!!!



  6. Donna Wooten
    1:32 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    I’m thrilled that “the twins” are returning. Can’t wait for the new season to start. รขโ„ขยฅ



  7. Kat308
    1:33 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    Coming back to bring no. 9 to west vine



    • Luther
      1:57 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Right on!!



  8. Chris
    1:34 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    Hey Drew, Can we get some national sports media quotes about this decision?



    • Sure
      1:42 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      All of college basketball: oh fu(k



    • farty
      6:19 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      We have an exclusive SMORGASBORD and we are just too hungry to share it with Anyone



  9. BobTinKY
    1:35 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    10 McDonald’s All-American’s plus a projected first-rounder who wasn’t… crap just got real up in here BBN!!!!



    • UKFAN197TONE
      11:13 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Is another McD’s dude coming?



  10. Tony Ferrero
    1:35 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    The only bad news here is that we have to wait WAY too long for next season. This is going to be fun!!



  11. Lori Alex Poythress
    1:35 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    This team is going to be off the chain. Scary good. Booking rooms in Indy right now!



  12. Lauren
    1:36 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    Somewhere, Rick Pitino is crying



  13. Twin-Sational!
    1:36 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    That’s TWIN-SATIONAL NEWS! GO CATS!



    • Luther
      1:59 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Good one!!



  14. Delk for 3
    1:37 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    Four Final 4’s in five years? That’s just ridiculous.



    • KentuckyJoe
      1:43 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Wasnt Ricky P talking about Lousyville being a dynasty this time last year for going to two final fours in a row? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA



    • Chris
      1:44 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Agreed.. I also think Aaron returning is so big.. I think Ulis and Hawkins might have handled the point but i dont think Booker was ready to start.. I think Aaron returning is so big..LOL im happy about Andrew too ! But we needed Aaron..



  15. JROD4UK
    1:37 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    I’m not a winter person, but I am dreading the long wait this summer! People in my office are giving high five’s and fist bumps! Holy stinking crap…..awesome!



  16. Robert Mosley
    1:38 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    I am 56 years old, a die hard wildcat fan. This will be the deepest, most talented team I have ever seen at Kentucky “and” they will have upper class leadership! It will indeed be exciting to see what Cal does with this team. He has won a National Championship with a lot less! Go CATS!



    • Luther
      2:01 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      No Cal has NOT won a national championship with a lot less…



    • bluegrazzcat
      2:13 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      96′ was pretty stacked…but yeah, this is a level above.



    • UKFAN197TONE
      11:15 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Uhhhhhhm, let’s wait and see if this team DESTROYS teams like the ’96 team did.



  17. Yeet
    1:38 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET



  18. matt
    1:38 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    No your returning because the NBA said you suck!



    • Ummmm
      1:40 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Yet they were still projected to go higher than Russ-Dickface.



    • Gabe
      1:42 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      In this situation, the only thing that sucks is your basic grammar…



    • Blue
      1:59 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Matt knows a thing or two about sucking….



    • Chadwick
      2:01 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Ummmm They returned because they’ve been told that they wouldn’t be drafted in the first round. 99.9% draft status. 0.01 % championship . Go ahead and start bashing but everyone knows that they really wanted to go pro! Glad they’re back! It will definitely help them improve they’re draft status and will help us win #9!!!!



    • Katmandu
      2:01 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      At least the NBA acknowledged them. NBA doesnt even realize Louisville has a team.



    • Mark
      3:40 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      They both could have gone. I am glad they didn’t Going to be a fun year to watch them :). We get to play the Tards in the Chicken Center this year.



  19. jpg
    1:38 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    It just got REAL!!!!!



  20. sleepylfd
    1:39 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    I think LITTLE RICKY just poooped himself!



  21. David
    1:40 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    this is the real reason why James Blackmon is in Indiana…he knew he would be the 5th or 6th GUARD coming off the bench…guffaw…ARE YOU KIDDING ME..9 mickey d’s and WCS (the highest rated pro prospect to return)…3 7 footers…the biggest front-line in America…Final Four tested guards (remember each Calipari team at UK prior to this one had to begin the season with a new PG)…oh my…ooooh my



  22. Wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiillllllllllllllldcats!!!
    1:40 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    PUMPED!!!!!!!!!! BBN just got bigger!



  23. UKgrad'13
    1:40 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    We might have to bring back the JV squad arrangement. Our bench is a top 20 team.



  24. DUKEFERLIFE!
    1:40 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    TOO BAD YOU GUYS DONT STANT A CHANCE WITH THE GREATEST PROGRAM IN BASKETBALL HISTORY… GET READY FOR THE BUTTHURT. I’M GLAD THEY ARE COMING BACK, WE GET TO TEACH EM A LESSON.



    • Ummmm
      1:41 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Whats a Mercer, or a Lehigh?



    • DUKEFERLIFE!
      1:44 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      MErcer got lucky…. just like UCONN, it seems ๐Ÿ˜‰ got blue balls much?



    • RealCatsFan
      1:48 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Hey, I have $100K worth of jewelry I need to sell. Got any suggestions?



    • Chris
      1:50 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Please stop losing 1st round then we will listen..Also remind me how Coach K has done with star freshmen..Regular seasons mean nothing even Kansas had good regular season with freshmen but ran out of steam.. Duke is talented but loosing Hood and Parker will matter!!



    • WHY ARE U SHOUTING?
      1:53 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      It’s a proven fact …. Nervous people or people who are in trouble tend to SHOUT alot!!!! #GOWIPEDUKEY



    • BobKYCats
      1:56 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Both in 2012 and this year, we were there in the Elite Eight, waiting for you guys to show up so we could beat the snot out of you, but where were you? Couldn’t hold up your end of the deal. Ran across something called a Lehigh, got your toes wet and shrieked cause the water was cold. Crossed paths with something called a Mercer, took a taste but it was too spicy.



    • what the?
      2:41 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Funny thing is, I’ve never spent one second on a Duke fan site but you are on ours.(sniff sniff) smells like fear.



  25. Kent
    1:40 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    This might be the best tweak ever.



  26. brian
    1:40 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    Gary Parrish of Cbs sports..has Uk as number 1 preseason..even mentioned Ullis playing the point with Aaron playing the 3 some if Poythress cant adjust to it…



  27. make a shirt
    1:40 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    “The Twins and Towers”



    • DREWBLUE
      1:42 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Send me one.



  28. Tom Blevins
    1:41 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    I heard one of the 7 dwarves is a Louisville fan. I don’t know which one it is, but with the announcement that the Harrisons will return, I can tell you one thing for sure. He’s not Happy.



  29. paul
    1:41 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    All that talent, a summer to develop, a summer tour to start to gel. Gonna be a helluva season.



  30. Andrewhouse
    1:42 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    He’ll yeah



  31. Way to early
    1:42 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    Just fun to think about the possibility:

    PG: Harrison
    SG: Harrison
    SF: Poythress
    PF: Towns
    C: WCS

    PG: Ullis
    SG: Booker
    F: Lyles
    F: Lee
    C: Johnson

    And still have Hawkins and Willis, which one or both may want to consider a redshirt



    • Mark
      3:46 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Why would Hawkins Red Shirt? He was the go to Defensive guy they put on quick guards. He held Russ to 1 of 7 shooting. He will play this year. He can also shoot the lights out but that is not what Cal told him to do.



  32. Rims at Rupp
    1:42 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    The twins,Poy and four or five 7 footers??? I’m doomed.



  33. JordanW
    1:43 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    Willie Cauley-Stein 7’0″
    Dakari Johnson 7’0″
    Karl Towns 7’0″
    Trey Lyles 6’11”
    Marcus Lee 6’9″
    Derek Willis 6’9″
    Alex Poythress 6’8″
    Andrew Harrison 6’6″
    Aaron Harrison 6’6″
    Devin Booker 6’5″
    Dominik Hawkins 6’0″
    Tyler Ullis 5’9″

    Avg height for anyone who might even sniff the floor is 6’8″



    • Blue
      1:56 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Things ARE “looking up” around here……



  34. Ridge Runner
    1:44 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  35. Ldywldkat
    1:44 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    Breaking News…

    Montrez Harrell just announced he has changed his mind regarding returning to Louisville next season and will be leaving for the NBA draft.

    #keeping it fun!!!!!!!



  36. RealCatsFan
    1:45 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    No matter what happens during the regular season, we as fans need to keep up our unwavering support of these guys. No matter how dark it can seem at times (like at Ark, LSU, and USC), we need to keep in mind that this group is always capable of doing something great. Let us never give up on these guys and stay positive through thick and thin. They deserve it!



    • pr
      2:26 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Totally agreed.. I said the same thing..



  37. jaws2
    1:45 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    Reports out that the Ohio river below the 2nd street bridge is turning red and the locks are jammed with dead bodies. AP



    • jaws2
      2:08 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Reports out that the Ohio river below the 2nd street bridge is turning red and the locks are jammed with dead bodies. AP



  38. BigBlue
    1:45 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    Woohoo! TWINS!! Love those guys… GBB!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucYDhOV3WqY



  39. Paul
    1:46 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    If Calipari leads this team to a NCAA title next season, then here would be his 6-year tenure at UK:

    Elite Eight
    Final Four
    NCAA Champion
    NIT
    NCAA Runner-Up
    NCAA Champion

    With that one NIT season as a clear exception, that would be truly magical. As fans we’ve just gotta enjoy this run while it lasts. Here’s to a fun summer & another banner season in the Bluegrass!!



  40. Jill
    1:47 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    Great Day to be a member of the BBN!!!!! We are going to have so much fun watching this team play!! 175 till Big Blue Madness!!! Go CATS!!!!!



  41. raccoon
    1:47 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    Sucks that we now don’t have a scholarship open for that bonehead from UNLV. Oh well, I guess we will manage.



    • Cha cha jones
      2:28 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      We will still have one remaining



  42. Twin-Spired
    1:48 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    This truly is Twin-sational! I’m feeling totally twin-spired to book rooms in Twindiapolis! it will be completely TWINSANE!



    • Luther
      2:07 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Good one!!



  43. ribin
    1:50 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    FANtastic — going to be a fun year for the BBNation.



    • Bill
      7:45 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      I can remember Claude Sullivan calling UK games, many years ago and I am still a fan. Ready for the Fun next season.



  44. pr
    1:50 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    Now hopefully the fans of our great fanbase can learn from last yr and be an even better fanbase. Hopefully we can support this team better. Even during the down times that may occur. Stand up bbn we in it to win. #strive for 9 baby!!



  45. the burg
    1:51 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    My brain is hurting.



  46. Rest of College Basketball
    1:52 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    Its just not fair



  47. Donnie Tyndall and Bruce Pearl
    1:53 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    Is it too late for us to change our minds about taking those Tennessee and Auburn coaching jobs?



  48. the burg
    1:53 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    This maybe the most open-court fun we’ve had in a long time.



  49. UKBlue1!
    1:54 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    I am so pumped. This team is going to be a treat to watch. This is the most experienced team we have had in years.



  50. Chris
    1:55 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    UNLIMMMITTEDD POOOOWWWEEERRR



  51. STEVE!
    1:55 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    UK and their Not Ones and Dones are ruining college basketball!



  52. Chris
    1:55 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    This is our final form



  53. Steve
    1:56 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    A suggestion for the Final Four lottery in Indy. NCAA is only taking 20,000 applications or till late May whatever comes 1st. Kentucky fans need to fill the Lucas Oil Dome in 2015 like 2014 hopefully and not at the scalpers price!. Get in the lottery NOW!!!!



    • Wants in the lottery but....
      2:12 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      I want to enter the NCAA lottery but aren’t those for the upper upper level seats at the final four? Does anyone know? Go Cats booking Hotel in Indy this weekend!



  54. Judy
    1:57 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    After all,,,,,,,,,,, ” WE ARE UK” !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  55. Rixter
    2:01 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    Not only do we have all this experience coming back, we have Cal’s first returning PG since he’s been here, but we get to practice all summer for the trip, that means we’re going to start the season in mid-season form. That’s huge, people. Imagine all the new stuff Cal can work into the offensive and defensive schemes this year, with experience returning.. going to be a year for the ages.



  56. Fb jones
    2:03 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    My pants are sticky n wet



  57. kingrex
    2:03 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    I am actually shocked they even considered leaving. I am not sure who they think they will be guarding in the NBA when they could not stop SEC backcourts. Secondly, as twins they have to know they will not play together ever again unless it is at the end of their careers and their agent orchestrates it. I love these guys, but I am floored it took this long for them to come to the conclusion they were returning.



    • rockatao
      2:48 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      the Morris twins have been playing together for a while



    • Mark
      3:52 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      You put a Brandon Knight or Teque on them in the NBA and the Twins will dunk right over top of them. They are 6.5 guards.



  58. POTUS
    2:04 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    My folks that play college basketball are tellin’ me we gotta do something about this talent inequality. I have a phone and a pen, but so does Cal.



    • Blue
      2:11 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Time for you to send Cal and his Legion of Doom to Ukraine and kick Vlad’s ass back to Russia.



  59. Blue
    2:05 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    Shock and Awe Tour 2014-2015. Dates and locations TBA.



  60. Steve
    2:05 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    Pitino’s so Pissed he went out and bought another horse for the Oaks. No sense worrying about next season might as well try to win something else.



  61. Katmandu
    2:07 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    Will the NCAA let us have 2 teams so we can play ourselves for the 2015 National Championship?



  62. Tattoo Charlie
    2:10 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    Get your 2015 championship tattoos now! No, maybe not. Write your own lyrics to a c-a-t-s song now! No, maybe not that either. Just buy your 40-0 t-shirt now! You’ll need it in just 180 short days!!



  63. Jerry Tipton
    2:10 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    This does not bode well for Kentucky because.. aww, the hell with it! I give up!



  64. Luther
    2:10 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    40 – 0 baby!!



    • jaws2
      2:24 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Reports out that the Ohio river below the 2nd street bridge is turning red and the locks are jammed with dead bodies.
      AP



  65. bozdog
    2:10 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    I’m getting my 36-4 t-shirts ordered!



    • Blue
      2:14 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Halftime score of next seasons UK-UL game at the Chicken Shack??



  66. The Rest of the SEC
    2:12 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    Football season is just around the corner!



  67. Bdmnky81
    2:14 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    I never thought I would ever see a team as talented as the ’96 team again in my lifetime, but HOLY FREAKING CRAP THAT JUST HAPPENED! !!



    • pr
      2:34 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Easy on the assumptions



    • UKFAN197TONE
      11:25 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Oh behave #67!!!



  68. BEAUMONT
    2:15 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    Wonderful news!!! We as a fan base need to show the twins the love they deserved this past season! These guys just made my summer! Can’t remember the last time I was this excited for cold weather! Except for last year, or the year before that, or the year before that…. You get the point! We are truly in a golden age of UK basketball people! Our players and program truly deserve our undying support. This fan is going to deliver on that sentiment! GO CATS!



  69. Flint
    2:21 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    The rest of college basketball just collectively shuddered…

    ๐Ÿ™‚



  70. jeff j
    2:46 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    BAM-O-WHAMO !!!!! dont worry about the mule just load the wagon !!!! GO CATS !!!



  71. No Hotels near down town
    2:49 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    Okay, so I just tried to book a downtown hotel room in Indy. Forget about it! There is nothing available without going out about 10 miles from stadium!



  72. Johnny
    3:03 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    The most amazing thing about this is that Cal doesn’t have to start over next year…he has 8 guys who know the offense and defense, plus Karl Towns who has already played for him w/ the Dominican team. That means all he has to do is coach next year….he can implement new defenses(1-3-1, zone), and all kinds of new offensive plays. AND it takes all the pressure off of Tyler Ulis!



  73. richard snitzer
    3:18 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    And we have to wait how many days for BBM?



  74. TD
    3:28 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    I think it is time to talk about redshirts, at least a couple.

    On a different subject, did S.Miss hire anyone to replace Tyndall yet?



  75. Tez Houston
    3:46 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    can i gov out on a limb and say KY will win its game by a margin of 15pt or more?



  76. Wall2Cousins
    6:05 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    Kentucky has a NBA team all the sudden.



  77. Don
    11:37 am April 26, 2014 Permalink

    On Paper we look great, two deep everywhere. The thing is only five can be on the floor at the same time. So looking ahead I see us with one chance in six of winning the title. Kentucky, Arizona,Duke,Kansas,Wisconsin and North Carolina. Again it is a matter of team chemistry.