By LARRY VAUGHT
Even though he’s playing better, Kentucky sophomore point guard Ryan Harrow knows coach John Calipari is going to want more from him.
“I have been working with coach Cal and he says he is not going to let up on me, so we have just been working extra hard to make me even better than I am now,” said Harrow after Wednesday’s 90-38 victory over Eastern Michigan.
Harrow had a season-high eight assists and 15 points, including a career-high four 3-pointers, to help offset his career-high four turnovers. In the last four games, he’s averaging 16.7 points and 4.2 assists per game and has gone 27-for-53 from the field. He has 29 assists and seven turnovers in the last seven games.
“I thought Ryan was good again today. Had a few turnovers he didn’t need to have,” Calipari said. “He had two of them. Really, he had two turnovers. Two of them were the late half cool throw to Archie (Goodwin) that was, why did you do that? And then go between the legs. That’s the old kid that used to play but wasn’t very good. The new one is not turning it over. He’s strong with the ball. He’s aggressive. He’s making plays.”
Calipari expected this type of play out of Harrow when the season started. Instead, he was sick when UK opened the season against Maryland and didn’t score in only 10 minutes of play. He missed the next four games for “personal reasons” and had just 14 points and in his first four games back before his impressive play the last four games.
“But the question is, this is where I thought he’d be at the beginning of this year. Now where do we go from here? He’s got to continue to grow,” the Kentucky coach said. “He’s got to continue to get better. No lapses. When we’re in our league, we’re going to be playing games. We can’t afford lapses, especially by our point guard.”