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By LARRY VAUGHT

CHICAGO — The more the speculation circulated, the more all the players wondered where the rumor started and why it continued to be so believable for many.

“Everybody made that up. I don’t know why people made that stuff up. Me and my brother (Andrew Harrison) and Julius (Randle) been knowing each other since we have been 10 years old and never had a problem like that. That was all a complete lie,” said Aaron Harrison Tuesday.

All three players will be playing together at Kentucky next year and all three are ranked as the top player at their position. Yet after the Harrison twins signed with UK in November, speculation began that Randle — another Texas product — would never sign with UK because the players did not like each other. Instead, Randle verbally committed to UK one day after the Cats lost to Robert Morris in the NIT to put UK’s recruiting class move to the nation’s best all-time class.

“I don’t know where nobody got that stuff from. Me and Aaron are fierce competitors and so is Julius,” Andrew Harrison, a point guard, said. “We have played against each other that way, so I guess that is where people grabbed that from. Julius is like one of our brothers. We like him. We started playing against each other about fifth grade.

“I know Julius is a great player and he knows what me and Aaron can do, too. We want to feed off each other and be leaders. Julius is a great player. He can do pretty much anything on the court. We are going to enjoy having him on our team and always felt that way.”

“He completely changes our recruiting class. He is the best scoring power forward in the country. He is strong, powerful, athletic, runs the floor. It is amazing what he can do,” Aaron Harrison, a shooting guard, said.

All three are here to play in the McDonald’s All-American Game tonight — and will also play in the Jordan Brand Classic April 13 in Brooklyn. They started playing against each other AAU basketball against in the fourth grade. The Harrison played for the Houston Defenders, Randle played for the Texas Titans. Most years those were the top two teams in Texas.

“I have been playing against them since I was 9 years old. I know them pretty well,” Randle laughed and said Tuesday. “Those games were wars. After that, I didn’t want to do anything because my body was hurting. It was wars every time we played. You had to deal with two of them. I still remember those wars even from fifth grade and being sore even then.

“It was kind of like we were the two best teams in Texas. We just all wanted to compete. We hated to lose. I think that is where that whole thing of where we didn’t like each other came from. I don’t know who started that, but we all hate to lose. Now we are playing together and happy to be doing it.”

The Harrisons admit they are intense and sometimes considered “arrogant” because of their no-nonsense demeanor.

“We’re focused kids and we want to win at all times.  We had battles with him. I guess when you see us play, we talked a little trash. But Julius is a really good friend of mine,” Andrew Harrison said.

“We’ve never had any type of beef, so it was funny to me when the rumors kept going,” Randle, who let the Harrisons know about his commitment to UK well before he made it public, said.

6 Responses to Randall, Harrisons now understood where “complete lie” about their relationship started

  • Larry Pup says:

    This was a great piece. They set the record straight on the hard feelings rumor. Julius and the Harrison twins are Big Blue bound. Can’t wait to see them all play.

  • Juan4UK says:

    We need to track down the path of that rumor. Identify those to reported and perpetuated it so that we can identify some agendas. I don’t have time today. Maybe in the next few days if I can remember.

    • NKYMike says:

      Funny….based on the title of the article I thought we would have that info. C’mon Larry, to state that the source of where this all started was known, and then to present that article, is really more Yahoo-ish. You are better than that.

      OK BBN, flame on me—tell me I’m an indiot and that Larry is just doing his best, blah, blah, blah

      • Karen Sprinkle says:

        Mike, happy to help you out. Try reading the 4th paragraph from the end of the article. Randle explains where he thinks the rumor had its origins.

        Who knows where this stuff originates? It could be as simple as someone on the periphery wanting to sound like he/she knows more than he/she actually does or it could be malicious. I’m glad it’s not true and I’m doubly glad that we will have these three very talented, but seemingly grounded athletes at UK.

  • TrueBlueJohn says:

    From everything that I have seen or read, this group coming in already sounds like a close knit group. Everyone of them has said that the team winning is the most important thing.

    • King Ghidora says:

      And they’re all trying to get Wiggins to join them. That’s team work. That’s how basketball is done right. I think Wiggins will come to UK just because of that. Plus he won’t face a triple team every night at UK. No one will be doubled even. Wow that just staggers the mind. How does a team prepare to play a team like UK next year? It can’t be done. No team can consistently stop 8 or 9 great players every minute of every game. Someone will get a mis-match going and exploit it. Heck we did that as kids. Surely these great players will do it too. What a team!

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