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.