His twin brother, Andrew Harrison, is regarded as the nation’s best prep point guard and is already projected as a high pick in the 2014 lottery even though he won’t play his first game at Kentucky until November.
Yet it was his brother, 6-5 shooting guard Aaron Harrison, who was named the top boys basketball player in Houston for his play this season. Aaron Harrison, who has also signed with UK, averaged 23.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 blocks to help Travis High School win the Class 5A state championship. He had seven games with at least 30 points.
Last year’s award winner, Rasheed Sulaimon, averaged 11.6 points per game this season at Duke and started all but three games for a team that reached the Elite Eight.
Aaron Harrison could make the same impact at Kentucky because he’s also rated as the nation’s best shooting guard by ESPN.com and Rivals.com and is a prolific 3-point shooter. Both Harrisons played in the McDonald’s All-American Game last week and will be in the Jordan Brand Classic on Saturday in Brooklyn.
“Winning state this year meant everything to me. Of course, it is great going to college and playing, but that is winning a state championship with the friends you grew up with in the neighborhood. That was an amazing feeling,” Aaron Harrison said. “In the preseason we were ranked pretty high but we took some losses and people counted us out after that. We all knew what we could do and could win if we kept our heads down and kept moving. That is why it meant so much.”
He knows expectations at Kentucky already are that the Wildcats will win the national title despite having a roster with perhaps eight or more freshmen.