By LARRY VAUGHT
As Kentucky fans wait to see what twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison are going to decide about the NBA draft, speculation continues as to exactly what type of information that might be getting from NBA sources.
Some indicate the twins could both be late first-round picks. Some say neither will go in the first round. Some reports have the twins playing regular pick-up games at UK now, a sign they could be more focused on next year at Kentucky than the NBA draft.
I asked Ed Isaacson of NBAdraftblog.com, who has a terrific analysis of the Portsmouth Invitational at his website now, if the Harrisons helped their draft status with their NCAA Tournament play and how would he evaluate their status today. Here’s what he said:
“While Aaron Harrison provided some tremendous moments, he really was a non-factor for much of the tournament. Andrew did well when he stuck to the one thing he is very good at, driving to the basket and drawing fouls,” said Isaacson. “At points you could see the ‘tweak’ that was implemented to get him to pass more, but the results were too inconsistent to say it was a factor in the tournament run.
“If they were to come out, I don’t see them gaining any real value from the tournament run, and if they were to make a move up the draft, it would have to come in stellar showings during workouts. If they were to come out, I have a hard time thinking they drop out of the first round, but I would put Aaron’s value in the low 20’s and Andrew’s in the high 20’s to mid 30’s.
“There is still plenty of potential in both of them, but, as I’ve mentioned many times, changes need to start with their attitude on the court.”