Who else could have been honored with tonight’s news and views? I mean, Tim Duncan and Al Pacino were each born on this day, and it’s Flag Day in the Faroe Islands AND Swaziland, but hey, Aaron n’ Andrew–you guys earned this post.
Your eyes may be begging you for mercy; my corneas or pupils or something are nearly bleeding from reading about the Harrison Twins all day, but one can never have too much of a good thing. So let’s get started shall we?
The Twins are back in town
After a tumultuous regular season, the Harrison twins led us on the most incredible postseason run of my lifetime. Big shot after big shot fell, and we found ourselves one game from a title, and while it was a disappointing finish, it was a magical ride.
With Willie Cauley-Stein a projected lottery pick announcing his return, followed by Marcus Lee, Alex Poythress and Dakari Johnson–and the additions of Trey Lyles and Karl Towns in the post, Kentucky will by far the largest, deepest team down low in college basketball. But without the Harrisons’ announcement this afternoon, inexperience and depth in the backcourt would have been a different story.
Tyler Ulis, Devin Booker, Aaron, Andrew, and Dominique Hawkins–not too shabby.
Here’s what the twins themselves had to say.
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.
I’m returning for my sophomore season because I want to win a national title.
Twitter made it even real-errrrr.
— Andrew Harrison (@DrewRoc5) April 25, 2014
Per John Calipari:
I’m excited about Aaron and Andrew’s decision to return for next season. 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.
The preseason polls are already lovin’ it. Let’s hold off on the hype game just a wee bit here in the Commonwealth shall we? *buys 17 40-0 shirts (kidding, kidding).
You can check out some more reactions from the national media here. There are many to be had. Many.
It’s a huge day for Kentucky football tomorrow, especially from a recruiting/fan support standpoint in Stoops’s second year at the helm, and BBN should be in high spirits. Despite a group of wide receivers that is beyond depleted, the chance to get a glimpse of who’s the current frontrunner to be leading the offense this fall–Drew Barker, Patrick Towles, Max Smith, your cousin Jim who lives down the street from Neal Brown, whoever it may be. Additionally, it’s a chance to see what should be a very improved offense in the second year of Brown’s system at Kentucky.
If you recall, this game was a huge statement for several recruits, including one Drew Barker, and could make an impact tomorrow as well. Damien Harris will be in town, along with several others; while the capactity is at 42,000 due to construction, we should be able to fill up the place with blue.
It’s gonna be a pretty day, and there are not ponies running in circles at Keeneland, so #WhyNot?
The Cat Walk is at 1:45 and the game kicks off at 3:30. Get there early for a chance to check out the team, tailgate, and get in on the action.
Pour it up pour it up, that’s how we ball out
Have you heard the news!? James Young was sitting courtside by/with/beside Rihanna as the Nets-Raptors game. Standard. Were they there “together?” This lowly blogger can only assume Drake gave Mr. Young hookup on those seats. Anyone who thinks Rihanna is dating a teenager is a bit dense. Regardless–KENTUCKY EFFECT.
Celebrate Hanukkah dated Rihannakkha.
John Wall played 37 minutes for the Wizards in game 3 of their series against the Bulls in Washington; despite 23-points, 7 assists, and 4 steals, it was not enough as the Bulls squeaked out a win on 35 points from Mike Dunleavy (WHAT!?!?) to bring the series to 2-1. Mike. Dunleavy.
PS: Colin Cowherd is still an idiot in case you needed a reminder.
More reasons to love Trey Lyles
As if you needed more uplifting Kentucky news, FOX 59 in Indianapolis has a great segment on Trey Lyles and the work he’s done in his community, speaking to troubled kids at Clarence Farrington Elementary School. Leading his high school, Arsenal Tech, to its first ever state championship, committing to Kentucky, all while maintaining a 3.8 GPA–I think that qualifies Trey as a role model. Kudos to you young man.
If you didn’t get the chance to see Nerlens Noel and Julius Randle at Hillbilly Days in Pikeville Friday, you’re still in luck. They will be around Saturday as well, with Nerlens signing autographs from 10:00 a.m. to noon and Randle from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
I’m gonna go celebrate Rihannakkha or some such nonsense. Have a lovely Friday BBN.