By LARRY VAUGHT
Sometimes Kentucky players don’t like to let anyone know what they are going to do during their introduction at Big Blue Madness, but Ryan Harrow didn’t try to hide his intentions Thursday.
“Yea, I’m dancing at madness. My sister told me I had to. I am always dancing at the house with her so I have to dance in front of everybody now,” said Harrow.
Not that he minds.
He sat out last year — UK’s national championship season — after transferring from North Carolina State. Now he’s being counted on to be the starting point guard for coach John Calipari’s team.
“I am looking forward to it. This means this is the start of the season and I actually get to play this season,” Harrow said during UK’s Media Day Thursday. “I have not seen my family in a long time and I am looking forward to that.”
However, he faces a problem in connection with tonight’s Big Blue Madness at Rupp Arena.
“We only get a couple of tickets, but I have like 30 family members coming here tomorrow. I am just excited to see my family and play in front of them and get the season started,” Harrow said. “But I didn’t get 30 (tickets). They have to watch from home, some of them. I let my mom choose the people that get to come to the game. I didn’t want to deal with that.”
Could that make for some unhappy family members at maybe Christmas time?
“I don’t even get Christmas presents any more, so oh well,” Harrow laughed and said.
He was supposed to have already told UK officials Thursday what son he wanted played during his Madness introduction.
“I didn’t pick it out yet. I have so many songs that I might want to dance to that I will tell them later,” he said.
What if someone from UK went ahead and picked out a country music song for him?
“Then I would just have to hit a country dance. I would surprise myself because I wouldn’t know what to do,” the sophomore guard said.
One player who won’t be dancing at Madness is senior transfer Julius Mays.
“I am old school. No dancing for me,” Mays said. “I have heard about it (Madness), I have seen videos of it, but I still don’t think it’s going to be anything like living the experience tomorrow. It’s going to be a lot of fans, a lot of excitement, and everybody is just ready for the season to kick off.
“I am not nervous at all, but I am excited. I have seen the fans but seeing the gym sold out is going to be very exciting and I haven’t experienced anything like it.”
He was amazed by the number of fans that camped out for a chance just to get Big Blue Madness tickets.
“It just shows how dedicated and loyal our fans are,” Mays said. “I just can’t wait to see how good this is going to be.”