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Chris Johnson (@ChrisDJohnson) of SportsIllustrated.com notes that this is one of the best overall recruiting classes to enter college basketball in years and rates UK’s Julius Randle No. 2 behind Andrew Wiggins. However, he puts UK point guard Andrew Harrison No. 5.
Here’s what he wrote about Harrison:
“The five-year run of Calipari-coached point guards going on to become first round draft picks ended in anticlimactic fashion last season, when NC State transfer Ryan Harrow proved to be a bad fit from the start. By this time next year, Harrow’s inability to blip the NBA scouting radar could wind up being a distant memory. That’s how good — and how sure a thing — Harrison is in terms of elite point guard talent.
“When Kentucky landed commitments from both Harrison twins last summer, it was deemed one of the best ‘package deals’ of all time. They could have some serious competition as soon as this fall, when Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor, 2014′s No. 1-ranked point guard and center, respectively, are expected to choose the same college. What won’t change is the simple fact that Kentucky will need at least half of the Harrison duo to play a big part in its 2013-14 national title run. Oh, and don’t be surprised if Andrew, per Calipari’s recent tradition, finds himself selected near the top of the 2014 NBA draft lottery. Scouts salivate over his size (6-5, 210 pounds), capacity for running the break and ability to score and distribute in equal measure.
“In Harrison, Kentucky is getting the floor general it sorely lacked last season, a player with the poise and selfless mindset to help congeal Kentucky’s roster.”