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By LARRY VAUGHT
Adam Zagoria of www.zagsblog.com says the Harrison twins (Aaron and Andrew), who are from Texas, continue to say they are “open” in their recruitment despite speculation it is a two-team race between UK and Maryland.
“I have heard rumors it is done for Kentucky and they are just waiting to announce,” Zagoria said of the two guards. “But I have talked to the Maryland, Baylor, Villanova and SMU staffs and they all think they are still in it. None said there’s not a chance they get them.
“They are both really good. I recently saw Aaron come out in a game and hit five or six 3’s and score 28 points. They can both flat-out score and play. They will make an instant impact wherever they do.”
He says SMU believes it can sign both players because their mother wants them to stay close to home to play, a factor that also could benefit Baylor. Their father has family in Baltimore and they are already friends with one current Maryland player.
“It wouldn’t shock me if they ended up at Maryland, but I am not sure Villanova or Baylor really has a chance. But that’s just my guess,” Zagoria said.
Another potential wing target is James Young, a player Zagoria says reminds him of J.R. Smith of the New York Knicks “because he is not afraid to shoot” a lot of shots.
“He will have games where he goes like 6-for-19, but he also went off against Wiggins. He took that game over this summer,” Zagoria said. “He is a scorer. He can put points on the board. He handles it well. He is a big physical kid with a body to play two guard in the NBA.
“I saw where he said he would not announce until the spring. A lot will depend on how other stuff unfolds and what happens with certain players. It looks right now like the Harrisons will be the first to announce, then maybe Jabari Parker in November. I do not know when Young and (Julius) Randle will announce and I guess Wiggins will wait until spring.”
The 6-9 Randle, another player from Texas, recently noted that Calipari “is a great coach” and that he could see a mega recruiting class coming for UK. He also has interest in Duke, Kansas, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Baylor and Texas.
“Randle is a definite possibility for Kentucky, but he has his pick of Carolina, Duke, Kansas, Baylor. Anywhere he wants to go, he can go,” Zagoria said. “And there really is not a bad choice on the schools he has.”
He doesn’t think Parker, a Chicago product considered the top player in the 2013 recruiting class by most, will pick UK over Duke and Michigan State.
“He has strong relationships with coaches at Duke and Michigan State. Academics are very important to his family, and that helps Duke,” Zagoria said. “I have even had sources close to Calipari tell me that he believes Duke is the favorite. I honestly don’t think Jabari Parker goes to Kentucky.”
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Follow Zagoria at www.zagsblog.com or on Twitter at @AdamZagoria. Next more with Zagoria on UK’s upcoming season.