Aaron Harrison is a 6-6 combo guard, who regularly plays the shooting guard role, and played a major part in the Kentucky Wildcats finishing the 2014-15 regular season undefeated.
Harrison was named to the 2014 Midwest Region NCAA All-Tournament team. In his two seasons as a Wildcat, he has averaged 12.6 points-per-game, provided tremendous leadership for Coach Cal’s club and hit countless big shots – especially in the NCAA Tournament.
1. Aaron Has a Twin Brother Named Andrew
Aaron and his brother Andrew were born in October 1994. Their parents are Aaron and Marian Harrison.
They made the decision to choose The University of Kentucky over other prominent schools such as: Maryland, SMU, Baylor, Kansas and Arizona.
Together they are referred to as the “Harrison Twins,” and, no, not the bodybuilding Harrison Twins. This pair of twins plays basketball…
2. Both Brothers Were High School Standouts
…And they do it well. Aaron was an integral part of his team winning a state championship in high school:
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.
3. Harrison Was 1 of the Nation’s 5 Best Recruits in 2013
Both Andrew and his brother Aaron were widely as regarded as top five players in the class of 2013 with Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Julius Randle (who would later join them at Kentucky).
Both players ended up playing in the 2013 Jordan Brand Classic, and the 2013 McDonald’s All-American Boys Game.
4. The Harrison Twins Helped Lead Kentucky to the National Championship
Entering the 2014 NCAA Tournament as a No. 8 seed – and that was being generous considering Kentucky also had players such as Julius Randle – they had slim chances at making a run due to their low seed and tough region. The Wildcats rattled off victories against: Wichita state (No. 1), Louisville (No. 4), Michigan (No. 2) and Wisconsin (No. 2) and eventually fell to Connecticut (No. 7) in the National Championship Game in Arlington, Texas.
In hindsight their overall run may not have been AS impressive as it originally played out, however, it was still dominant and each Harrison twin played a major part in it.
Aaron Harrison hit two of the biggest shots in the entire tournament.
5. Both Twins Collectively Decided to Return
Aaron and Andrew both desired to go pro and had NBA Draft aspirations after their 2013-14 season, but Calipari convinced both players to stay.
The real reason that both players stayed may not be because they wanted to return, but because they had to return. It’s been debated that the Harrison twins, although thinking they were ready, were not ready for the NBA by many scouts and the consensus of NBA general managers, so they returned for another season to fine-tune their games.