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Why the slow shooting start for Aaron Harrison?

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Aaron Harrison hasn’t had the start to the season he envisioned after his strong shooting in the NCAA tournament. Aaron is shooting an ice cold 34% from 2’s and even colder 22% from 3. What could be the reason for his slow start?

The Platoon System

Is the platoon system breaking up Aaron Harrison’s rhythm? Over the past 5 games, Aaron Harrison’s field goal percentage has dropped. Devin Booker has had almost the opposite start to Aaron this season, hitting 48% from 2’s and 42% from 3’s. Playing so differently from last season, giving Aaron a little more time to get adjusted to the platoon system may be the trick.

More Shots Per Minute

Aaron Harrison is still averaging the same number of shot attempts as he did last year, but playing nearly half the minutes this season. Could this just be an attempt to get his rhythm back on track? It could be that Aaron is forcing shots instead of finding the best shot. I remember very clearly from the Texas game in which Aaron pulled up for a contested transition 3, only to be blasted by Jay Bilas on how bad of a shot it was. I know Calipari has given him the green light, but getting the best shot possible gives you the best chance on making the shot.


While we haven’t really needed a great scoring output from him this season, it would be nice for him to hit some shots against EKU and carry that over into the Columbia and North Carolina games.



Article written by Aaron Perkins