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Calipari wishes Harrow well on transfer to Georgia State

By LARRY VAUGHT

As expected, point guard Ryan Harrow will not be part of the Kentucky basketball program next season.

The sophomore point guard who had a horrible finish to the season will transfer to Georgia State.

“Given the health of his dad, we fully support Ryan’s decision to transfer to Georgia State to be closer to his family in Atlanta. Ryan was a vital part of this year’s team and an important player in practice during our 2011-12 national championship run,” Calipari said in a statement released by UK. “I want to thank Ryan for his efforts and hard work and wish him the best of luck at Georgia State. I know the Big Blue Nation will keep a close eye on him and wish him well as he continues his basketball career and his pursuit of a college degree.”

Harrow’s father suffered a stroke prior to the 2012 basketball season, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I really need to be home with him to be closer to him to make sure he’s taken care of,” Harrow told the paper.

Harrow has two years of eligibility remaining, and he will petition the NCAA for a hardship waiver to play immediately next year.

Harrow was regarded as a five-star recruit by some scouting services when he signed with North Carolina State in 2010. After one year under Mark Gottfried, Harrow transferred to Kentucky. He sat out when UK made its national title run. Last season, Harrow averaged nearly 10 points, three rebounds and three assists a game but missed almost three weeks early in the season due to personal reasons.

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  1. Andy

    I wish you well Ryan and Prayers out to your Dad.

  2. Larry T Clemons

    Thank you Ryan and God Bless you and Your Family….Have a lovely Easter with your Father.

  3. Karen Sprinkle

    Best wishes to Ryan and his family. Hopefully, the NCAA does the right thing and grants the hardship waiver so he can play immediately.

  4. GrampyBlue

    It’s hard enough for these young guys to be away from home and keeping up with practice and classes. With the added pressure of an illness to a close family member back home has to be hard. Thanks to Ryan Harrow for his contributions to the team and best of luck @ Georgia State. Prayers for his family on Easter.

    1. larryvaught

      Remember Ryan said in the preseason that he gave his championship ring to his father

  5. Larry T Clemons

    Now, we all better understand what Ryan was going thru and his reasons for being away and feeling disconnected at time. God Bless this young man. You will always be Blue to me.

  6. Zach

    Ryan couldn’t handle all the pressure that came with starting at a big-time Basketball powerhouse like Kentucky. This move was good for both Harrow and UK. Takes ALOT of pressure off of him. Good luck, Ryan. My prayers go out to you and your father.

  7. Larry Pup

    I wish him and his Dad nothing but the best as he begins play at Ga. State.

  8. steve

    I would have loved to have seen him come to Murray state.

  9. King Ghidora

    That certainly “seems” to answer questions about his absence early in the season. Some things are just more important than basketball. I wish Ryan all the best and I hope his father makes a full recovery. Both will be in my prayers.

  10. Judi Cole

    Ditto to what all of you have said. I wish Ryan the best as he moves back home. I have a feeling he will rebound and be an important part of the GA State team. Sure hope his dad recovers and gets to watch him play. I will always think of Ryan as a Wildcat – GOOD LUCK to him!

  11. Gene T.

    Now we know why Ryan had a tough start to the season. I wish him well. Now we know why he was in and out during the season. Good luck at Georgia State. I hope to see you in the NBA .

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