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Does Kentucky point guard Ryan Harrow lack the killer instinct of past John Calipari point guards?

“No, if Ryan …   he can play that way, but he chooses a lot of times not to play that way. When he plays that way, he’s as good as any point guard in the country,” Calipari said.  “You look around and tell me who’s better. There are a couple guys. But it’s a physicalness, it’s an energy level, it’s an aggressiveness, a winning attitude, talking to his team, touching his team. He can do that, but it’s difficult. It’s easier to not play that hard, to back up, to back off people, to not pressure. It’s easier.

“But he’s learning, and I think he wants to do well. Like I said, I’m not giving up on anybody on this team. I’m not changing; I’m going to continue down the path, we’re going to continue with life skills, we’re going to continue talking. The same way I’m talking to you I talk to them, and now it’s like everybody knows where I’m trying to go and what I’m trying to do with this team. We do it; we’re going to have some real fun. We don’t do it; every game is going to be a grind. I just hope we still win them anyway. But they’ll be grinds.”

Calipari said even though Harrow is older than UK’s freshmen, everything is still basically new to him as well.

“Playing here, it’s not easy. You’re under scrutiny, you’re supposed to win every game you play, you’re supposed to be way better than the other team. You’re supposed to be way better than the other player. So it’s not easy here. I think he’s doing fine, but we all want him to be better, and we know it’s better. Now he’s just going to have to go out and do it,” Calipari said.

6 Responses to Does Harrow have the killer instinct of past Calipari point guards

  • Larry Pup says:

    Ryan will be alright. I have faith in him.

  • G-Mill says:

    I honestly feel better with Polson at point. Harrow completely disappears in games.

  • coldspringmike says:

    Hope he learns real quick, not much time left in this year. If he stays another year hope he enjoys watching.

  • Gene T says:

    He is not physical, and makes stupid fouls. He is way too soft.

  • k.r. alford says:

    Harrow’s problem is stamina. He burns out before the game is over. The best thing for he and the team is if he plays fewer minutes. He is quick as lightning and goes full out when he is in the game. That is why he runs out of gas. Polson coming off the bench helps him a lot, as well as the team. He’s not the biggest guy in the world.

  • Kokamo Joe says:

    Concerning Harrow. The young man is not the typical Calipari point guard. I suppose that we have been spoiled by Calipari’s point guard successes both at Memphis and UK. We cannot expect that kind of kid every year. Having posted that, I must state that Calipari recruited this young man and Calipari had an entire year to evaluate him before he became elgible. Newspaper articles praised him last year and even claimed that he was outplaying last year’s Teague in practice. Bottom line is this, give Calipari great praise for Wall, Knight, and Teague, but hold him responsible for the failure of Harrow. If we are going to pat him on the back for his successes, we must hold him responsible for the failure.


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