By LARRY VAUGHT
Ryan Harrow’s departure from Kentucky comes as no surprise. He’s transferring to Georgia State to be closer to his ailing father and hopefully the NCAA will waive the transfer rule and let him play next season so he does not lose a year of eligibility.
He’s a funny, charming, articulate and caring young man. He can be very good on the court at times. What he wasn’t was mentally or physically tough enough run Calipari’s offense or lead his team. His departure is a win-win for him and the program as he would likely have played little next year at UK.
It’s too bad his final two games were awful. Against Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament with a NCAA bid on the line, he had his worst game. “This loss is just on me. I am the reason we lost. There’s nothing else to say. If I play well, we usually win. That’s how it always is. If I don’t play well, we lose. This loss is on me,” Harrow said after the game.
No one could say that after the Robert Morris NIT loss because he played just nine minutes and watched the second half from the bench because Calipari decided he couldn’t handle the pressure. That’s when it was obvious Harrow would not be back.
But I’ll also remember a youngster who admitted he liked to watch cartoons, including some of the same ones by grandchildren do. I’ll remember a player who loved collecting tennis shoes and has more pairs of shoes than he can ever wear. I’ll remember that funny, squeaky voice.
What about you? What memories will you have of a player who may have crumbled under the burden of following Tyreke Evans, Derrick Rose, John Wall, Brandon Knight and Marquis Teague as point guards under Calipari? Let me know the good things — we don’t need to elaborate on the bad times any more — you will remember.