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Report: Harrisons Awaiting NBA Feedback Before Making Decision
Kentucky freshmen guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison are awaiting feedback from the NBA before they decide whether or not to enter the NBA Draft, according to a report.
The deadline for declaring for the NBA Draft is April 27. The Draft is set for June 26 in New York.
“I just sent the paperwork in two or three days ago,” Aaron Harrison Sr. told MyFoxHouston.com. “I talked to a gentleman at the NBA and he said he would get it to me as fast as possible and then we’ll go from there.
“It’s important. You’re trying to find out what the prospects are for them and where they’ll be drafted and all those things.”
One NBA executive told SNY.tv at the Final Four the twins would go anywhere from 25-45 in the Draft. DraftExpress.com has both twins projected in its 2015 Mock, not 2014, with Andrew projected as a second-round pick in 2015.
Multiple NBA scouts, executives and draft experts told SNY.tv that they weren’t yet ready for the NBA and should stay another year.
“We are probably midway,” Aaron Harrison Sr. told MyFoxHouston.com “We got to make a decision here in the next six or seven days anyway, but we’ve sat down and had one or two conversations about it and had some prayer about it, but that’s pretty much where we’re at.
“They’re not leaning either way.”
Kentucky coach John Caliparisaid this week he had “no idea” what the Harrisons would do. Meantime, their decision will have a huge impact on the Kentucky program and will impact incoming guards Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker,who discussed the Harrisons’ impending decision this week while in New York at the Jordan Brand Classic.
“If you go back to school you want to become a better player and if you go to the NBA that means you think you’re ready to go and play,” Andrew Harrison told MyFoxHouston.com. “So it’s what you think of yourself and how NBA teams think of you.”
If the twins return to school and play along side Ulis and Booker and a loaded frontcourt that could have as many as seven players, including returning junior Willie Cauley-Stein and incoming freshmen Trey Lyles and Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky would be among the favorites to get back to the NCAA title game.
“Yea, that’s a factor, but I think that it’s more about us personally and not about winning a ring or anything like that,” Aaron Harrison told MyFoxHouston.com.
“It’s just more personal, because it’s my career. It’s my life.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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