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By LARRY VAUGHT
Freshman point guard Andrew Harrison is being viewed as the biggest key to just how much success Kentucky will have this year, especially after the problems UK had at point guard last year.
So I asked Ed Isaacson of NBAdraftblog.com if Andrew Harrison is a true John Calipari point guard and what pros and cons he saw for him going into this season?
“I think Harrison has many of the traits Calipari likes to see in his point guards, even if he is a bigger version of what Kentucky has had at the position,” Isaacson said. “His size and strength are his biggest assets, and he uses those well to attack the basket very well.
“I think he is going to some issues early on in his college career as he isn’t a great decision-maker and the Kentucky offense is built a lot around making strong decisions. Look at last year’s group to see what happens when you don’t have that. Also, he isn’t a very good defender, and his inability to defend quicker point guards could make him reliant on his bigs to clean up the mess. Not a bad strategy, but doesn’t really help you become a better player.”
Yet Harrison views himself as a lockdown defender and prides himself on both his defense and his ability to create for teammates.