Reporting Brendan Darr
The Harrison Twins, Andrew and Aaron, two of the top-five rated basketball players in the 2013 class made their decision on Thursday afternoon on National Television. The Twins are widely considered the best duo to ever come out of the high school ranks, and are considered program-changers. The Twins final three were Maryland, Kentucky and SMU.
With their decision to sign with Kentucky, the twins have done what most experts predicted picking the reigning National Champions in the Wildcats. The twins will land in Lexington and follow in a long line of one-and-done prospects under Coach Calipari isn’t an unexpected one, and generally when Coach Calipari comes calling top prospects tend to answer that call and follow him.
What does it mean for Kentucky? Calipari lands obviously his biggest recruiting coup of all, which is truly saying something. For Maryland, it is a devastating blow after recruiting the twins so hard and trying to pull off the impossible. It was always an uphill battle for the Terps, as the appeal of playing for a coach who has won a National Championship and put so many players in the NBA Lottery was a tough one.
However, in recent days it had sounded like the Terrapins had a serious shot at landing the duo after a report came out about and Under Armour employee being the only one to contact the Twins directly. A lunch meeting between the Harrison’s father and Mark Turgeon on Wednesday also seemed to be a boon to the Terps chances.
Maryland will have to turn their eyes to local product Roddy Peters and hope they can land him after falling short on the Harrison Twins.
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