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Mike DeCourcy ranks Aaron Harrison No. 1 at his position, knows he’ll be target of defenses

Aaron Harrison nails one of his four second-half 3-pointers in the win over Michigan. (Victoria Graff photo/all rights reserved)

Aaron Harrison nails one of his four second-half 3-pointers in the win over Michigan. (Victoria Graff photo/all rights reserved)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Sporting News college basketball columnist Mike DeCourcy ranked UK point guard Andrew Harrison as the fourth best at his position going into the next season. Now he has shooting guard Aaron Harrison ranked as the best at his spot — a mark he earned with three straight late-game shots to win games in NCAA Tournament play.

“Aaron is the only Wildcat whose contributions to next season’s championship push will not easily be duplicated. The Cats have two of just about everything, but not two proven wing scorers,” wrote DeCourcy. “One might charge that they don’t have even one, given Aaron’s struggles through much of last season. But his excellence in the NCAA Tournament, under enormous pressure, was evidence he can excel as a primary perimeter scoring option.”

Say amen UK fans.

“He can afford to focus more intently in games, and to work to better influence games in which outstanding defenders limit his access to the ball. Because he’s going to see a few of those. Kentucky will play big games, and Harrison will be a target.”

He’ll be a big target, especially if UK doesn’t have another player to show he can be a capable outside shooter.

 

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2 comments

  1. King Ghidora

    Two words. Devin Booker.

    Aa. will be pushed at his position for PT.

  2. dandr

    Right on King! Devin is known as a scorer. Sure he’s inexperience in college, but he will have great competition in practice and not be rushed to be the focus of the offense. I also think his addition will challenge Dominique Hawkins to improve and look for his shot more, so he can earn playing time. If Cal platoons the team, Tyler Ulis will find Devin for ‘THREE!’ from the corner or drive to the hole for layup or pass for a slam dunk from Willie/Alex/Dakari/Marcus/Derick. Aaron will find his way, especially if he learns to pass when his drive is cut off.

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