People say that only children get everything they ask for. They get new clothes, they get brand new toys, they never have to share and thus the opinion of only children being spoiled is born. However, there is one thing that only children desire more than any material possession.
Speaking from the perspective of an only child, I agree.
That is why every time I see the Kentucky Wildcats play on the floor together, the tandem that sticks out to me is the Harrison twins. This season, Kentucky will go as far as the Harrisons will take them.
Imagine playing with a person that looks identical to you and has a similar game as you. One of you might be a better scorer, and the other a better passer.
*On another note, I wonder why twin would be such a great passer compared to the other.
Maybe because growing up, one twin (Andrew) had to pass the ball all the time to his brother. I picture a young Aaron Harrison putting his hands up roaming for a 3-pointer on the wing at age 10. Then yelling at Andrew Harrison to pass him the ball quickly.*
Luckily for Kentucky, they have each twin and both of them are studs. Next season if the Wildcats want to make a 2015 national championship run, it will fall on the four shoulders of the Harrison’s.
On a team where Kentucky returns four starters (including the twins), eight lettermen and four freshman joining the program, the guards will be the rock of the team.
Andrew is the quintessential point guard, smart, athletic, and big. A 6’6″, 215-pound playing point guard type of big. With his huge advantage over most point guards in the NCAA, he uses his body well to get inside the lane and finish when drawing contact.
In addition, he also has the ability to shake defenders off of him with his handle. Last season he was timid and shy as a point guard. The body language was off, it didn’t seem as if he had confidence most of the year.It looked like the pressure of being the guard for this perennial powerhouse program was a situation he wasn’t ready for. Most of the year he was sloppy with the ball and accumulated a lot turnovers (he seriously needs to stop turning the ball over so much).
It wasn’t until one month into the season when he registered a game with seven assists. However, it comes with the territory of playing point guard for John Calipari.
Everyone’s learning curve is different, but Andrew picked it up in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. He helped lead the Wildcats team to the NCAA Championship game.
Thankfully a brother is born for help in the time of adversity, and if it wasn’t for the jump shots Aaron Harrison (my favorite twin) made in the NCAA Tournament, the Wildcats would’ve never made it as far as they did.
Aaron’s game is that of a silky smooth shooter with a jump shot so sweet it makes you get diabetes just watching him shoot. The man has ice water in his veins, and heartbreaking shots are as cold as being left at the altar.
All he needs is one shot.
This season, it looks as if he has gotten a lot better at expanding his game. Instead of remaining as a standstill shooter, Aaron has looked very spry at getting to the rim.
Next season when defenders attempt to crowd him off of the 3-point line, Aaron will be able to use a dribble to get open and get to the rim.
Having a big shot maker such as Aaron gives the Wildcats team confidence because they know when the game is winding down Aaron has the experience in tough situations and has made a knack of surviving.
Once again the college basketball season is around the corner.
Another college basketball season, another following Kentucky.
Another year for most of America attempting to figure out which Harrison twin is which.
*Quick tip for America. Google search “Clutch Harrison Twin” and watch Aaron’s name appear as the twin who hit most of the important shots. Then you can say you knew about him first.*
Another year of the Harrison twins making only children around the country wish they had a twin.