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What They’re Saying About The Twin’s Return

Not since the days of Mark Morrison have we seen a return this monumental. The Harrison Twins are coming back for another year of college basketball and universities around the nation have been put on notice. Welcome to the Unfinished Business Tour. What does the nation think is in store for Lexington next season? Let’s take a look at reactions from around the land:

[SI, Brian Hamilton: Return of Harrison twins makes Kentucky a leading contender for 2014-15]

So what did everyone do with those 40-0 T-shirts?

Guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison announced Friday that they would return to Kentucky for their sophomore seasons, instantly making the Wildcats a favorite for a preseason No. 1 ranking and to return to the national championship game they lost earlier this month.

NBCSports: College Basketball Talk’s Way-Too Early Top 25, Volume Two

1. Kentucky: Kentucky lost just two players to the NBA Draft, with Julius Randle and James Young moving on. But the front court is loaded with Willie Cauley-Stein, Dakari Johnson and Alex Poythress all returning and McDonald’s All-Americans Karl-Anthony Towns and Trey Lyles joining the program. And with the Harrison twins in the backcourt (freshmen Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis as well), the perimeter won’t lack for depth either.

CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish:

Obviously, Calipari could instead start Ulis, a natural ball-handler and distributor, at the point and play both Harrisons off the ball — especially if Poythress proves incapable of playing on the wing. Or he could start Cauley-Stein or Towns instead of Johnson. Or, honestly, he could play any combination of bigs with any combination of guards. To argue the specifics is to miss the point, and the point is this: Kentucky is loaded with a roster featuring at least nine and perhaps 10 future NBA Draft picks, meaning the biggest issue facing Calipari will be managing minutes, and, all things considered, that’s not a bad problem to have while attempting to make the Final Four for the fourth time in five seasons.

[Yahoo Sports, Jeff Eisenberg: Only one NBA team has as many McDonald’s All-Americans as Kentucky will next year]

Kentucky will certainly be a popcorn-worthy attraction during the 2014-15 season considering the obscenely deep and talented roster John Calipari will have. With six would-be NBA draft picks expected back from last year’s national runner-ups and four highly touted recruits set to join them, the Wildcats are nearly certain to once again be hailed as the nation’s preseason No. 1 team.

No NBA franchise finished the regular season with more than nine McDonald’s All-Americans on its roster and the Charlotte Bobcats are the only one that even had nine. The average NBA team had 4.9 former McDonald’s All-Americans on its roster and several had as few as one or two.


[Troll Alert, Dan Shanoff: The Harrison twins didn’t come back to Kentucky; they were rejected by the NBA (and that’s John Calipari’s problem, not just the Harrisons’)]

I feel kind of bad for the Harrisons. They wanted to be pros right now so badly; the professional market rejected them. Their “return” is completely (and justifiably!) begrudging.

If they were good enough to be 1st-round picks, NBA GMs would have bent over backwards to draft them this year – call it the “Archie Goodwin theory.”

Adam Himmelsbach of the Courier-Journal:

When Kentucky unveiled its historic recruiting class last fall, some of the hyperbole that surrounded the baby Wildcats was unjustified. They’d never played a college game and they’d never played together.

And then we watched them stumble during the regular season, and we began to wonder what the fuss was about. We questioned the rankings. We questioned ourselves for buying into the rankings. We realized that the wise move in the future would be to scale back the hype.

Well, good luck with that.



This summer is going to be one of the longest in history. How excited are you for next season?


Article written by Andrew Cassady

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26 Comments for What They’re Saying About The Twin’s Return

  1. kramer
    8:12 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    You know who is really ticked off the Harrison’s are coming back?? UL fans and media here in Louisville……It is too funny…

    • LOL
      2:17 pm April 26, 2014 Permalink

      Ooookay. Two underachievers returned because they weren’t good enough to get big NBA money. Scary stuff. LOL

  2. crazycatfan
    8:12 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    The more they hate us, the bigger my smile!!!! We got this!!! GO CATS!!!!!!!!!!

  3. nerlens4prez
    8:13 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    While i don’t like shanoff’s comment, you can’t completely disagree… they wanted to go pro but in the end made the right decision…. another year at UK is a better lifestyle than flying coach in the d league

    • hal
      8:37 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      cant completely disagree, but also not completely truthful. to say “the professional market rejected them” is misleading at best. the twins could each almost assuredly be drafted this year. so, with that in mind to say the twins didn’t “return” is also certainly misleading at best as well. worried about not getting drafted high enough & coming back and the market rejecting you are two different things.

  4. Grammar Police
    8:13 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    No need for the apostrophe after Twins.

    • Grammar Police Captain
      8:27 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Actually, the apostrophe is needed, but after the s (the twins’ return).

  5. Go Cats Go
    8:27 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    Somewhere there’s a little red bird whispering in Ricky’s ear. I DO,I DO ,I DO SEE TO MANY PUDDY TATS.

  6. White Castle Sliders
    8:41 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    What does this mean for Derek Willis?

    • Bung Lu Su "The Rooster"
      8:55 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Willis will get his. he’ll push himself and be right in the thick of things

  7. blueblue
    8:47 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    So, Matt and Drew, when ever and where ever the team goes on this summer tour, are you guys going to be tagging along?

  8. BBN
    8:49 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    Thrilled by their decision to return!! My only concern for next year is whether James Young’s scoring can be replaced by others. I think Randle’s double-double can be replaced by either Lyles or Towns. However, I’m not sold that Devin Booker or someone else can score like Young did during the frequent slow starts. The naysayers and Kentucky haters in the national media will dwell on this.

  9. Bung Lu Su "The Rooster"
    8:54 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    The foriegn trip this year should be a freak show. Imagine getting those games under their belts before the fun begins?

  10. catfanforever
    9:19 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink


  11. I pine for nine
    9:20 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    Dan Shanoff’s logic is upside down. Like an upside down car, it is impossible to follow. More than once I recently saw the twins ranked, one in the 20’s and one in the 30’s. They are freshman, one year removed from h.s. Very,very few are ever ranked so high. That high ranking shows that the NBA wants them. Though they could have gone; they didn’t – why? Likely one would have guaranteed money. The other wouldn’t. As twins and having that special relationship, they didn’t want to go to the NBA with that Iffiness with them. So, they rejected the NBA. Next year, they can both go and have a guaranteed contract, no doubt.

  12. Willy
    9:24 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    Next season should have started tonight,40 games isn’t going to be enough b-ball to fully apprecrate this team!!!!

  13. Paul
    9:34 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    Their decision to come back shows the amount of class they have. These kids want to learn and will set a positive example on this team and they are unselfish doing so. I’m really proud of the Harrison’s and the entire team! They are only going to get better, way better.

    • Bunny
      11:39 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

      Agree! Good post!!

  14. Mike Wilbon
    10:40 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink


    Please, God.. no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Bob
    11:20 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    This is great the twins are smart enough to stay in school.Both could have went to the NBA however neither was ready to be an impact player in the NBA yet .I think this class is one of the smartest coach Cal has coached . These kids could have spent the next 2 years developing and warming the bench in the NBA because in time they all will be solid players so why not run up your stock .I think young should have stayed also . He was an good shooter and offense player however he wasn’t an good defense player or passer. i think come next March this will be another great team i think better than last years. Who’ll replace Young shooting ? Aron is the money man and there’s 3/4 players who will replace young and each is an better passer no disrespect to Young .Lets just not get caught up in the 40-0 BS . We see what happened to Florida. The season is for loosing and learning . An 20 game winning season is great and either conference champ title . March is what hangs banners .We need 3 more to tie 4 to break UCLA’s record . Thisteam needs to be able to shoot free throws free throws.

  16. Bunny
    11:41 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    I just want to fast forward to get the next college basketball season started ASAP! Am really looking forward to it…

    Go Cats!!

  17. Sheila Bryant
    11:55 pm April 25, 2014 Permalink

    I think the TWINS made a very smart choice. If they improve this summer like they should…they will be
    first draft picks next year!!! SMART DECISION!!!! If KY can just get their free throws down , they should be hard to beat!!! A LOT of the losses we had was about free throws!!! What a roster!! Coach Cal is always talking about having fun….. Well the 2014-15 season should be a “barrel of fun!”
    What a team!!!! Should be Cal’s BEST YET!!!

  18. Robert Sutherland
    12:27 am April 26, 2014 Permalink

    As a Blue-Bird..I wish the first basketball practice started today…Who said there was a Christmas in July..This year Christmas started in April..Me is one Very Happy Blue-Bird…Thank you soooooo much Twins..You and the Team are all Gentlemen…Bring it………………….

  19. Sugarsugar
    12:35 am April 26, 2014 Permalink

    That Eisenberg guy is a bitter POS. They are back, made the right decision…and I love them like crazy for it. So psyched to have a connection with these guys that goes beyond one year of fandom. BBN!!!!

  20. boo boo
    7:58 am April 26, 2014 Permalink

    Old Cal gets criticized no matter what does….WTF?

  21. Big Mouth REX
    11:00 am April 26, 2014 Permalink

    Great kids and very good b-ball players