By KEITH TAYLOR, Winchester Sun
Allen Feldhaus got a glimpse into Kentucky’s future during the Marshall County Hoop Fest.
The Madison Central coach came away impressed with Aaron and Andrew Harrison following his team’s 64-57 loss to Fort Bend Travis High (Texas) during the two-day event last weekend. The University of Kentucky signees led the Tigers to a pair of victories in the event and offered Big Blue Nation a chance to view their skills.
“They’re good,” Feldhaus said. “We saw them play the night before we played them an they’re good enough to play for Kentucky right now. The look the part of a college player already. You could tell they’re already bulked up and they’ve been lifting weights. I think they’re physical enough to where they could step right in and play right away. They’re the best we’ve seen in a while.”
Feldhaus also liked Huntington Prep standout Andrew Wiggins, who also competed in the event. Wiggins, also in the class of 2013, hasn’t yet committed but is on Kentucky’s radar screen as well as other prestigious programs in the nation.
“We watched Wiggins play twice,” Feldhaus said. “He’s a freaking beast of nature athletically. He has more size on him and I was really impressed with him.”
Andrew Harrison, a point guard, scored 25 points against the Indians and grabbed 12 rebounds, including nine on the defensive end of the court. Although he fouled out late in the fourth quarter, he dished out four assists and collected one steal. Aaron Harrison, hampered by foul trouble, had three points and a pair of rebounds.
“They’re so strong physically,” he said. “They’re not super athletic, but just very strong physically and you can tell they both have a good feel for the game and both of them can shoot it extremely well.”
Feldhaus, whose Indians are ranked among the top teams in the 11th Region this season, liked the way both players created shots and opportunities inside the paint.
“They’re strong enough to where a little bump doesn’t bother them,” he said. “They can finish inside. They seem like really good kids, too.”
Prior to the contest against Madison Central, the Tigers inched out a 78-76 victory over Louisville Ballard to open the event.
“I think they a little bit tired because they played the night before,” Feldhaus said. “I thought we did a really good job on them. Quan (Taylor) guarded (Aaron) and he only had three points. The other one took over a little bit, but they’re nice (players). I can understand why their the second- and third-ranked players in the country. The have a good head on them and a good feel for the game.”
Feldhaus said the two players “definitely” have the potential to contribute immediately at Kentucky next season.
“Truthfully, you can’t tell much difference in them,” he said. “I know one of them is more of a point (guard) then the other, but they’re both very skilled offensively and what I like, is that they’re going to always draw a lot of double teams, but they always seem to find the open man. I was very impressed.”
Feldhaus added that it’s not easy to tell the two prospects apart.
“One of them is No. 2 and the other is No. 5,” he said with a smile. “That’s the only way I could tell them apart to be honest with you. They’re identical. They listed them at 6-foot-6 down there, but they’re not 6-6. I thought they were a good 6-4 maybe. I was just real impressed with their overall strength. I love the twins.”