COLLEGE PARK, Md. (CBSDC) – Two five-star high school basketball recruits out of Texas just announced where they will be playing college ball, and it isn’t in College Park.
With ties to Maryland – their father’s hometown and headquarters to Under Armour who outfitted their AAU team – many rumors had Aaron and Andrew Harrison, two of the nation’s top five recruits, electing to play in Terrapins uniforms for the next four years.
But it wasn’t to be. In their high school gymnasium in front of an audience of potentially millions watching from home on Thursday, the twins stabbed their claws in the heart of the Terrapin faithful by announcing they’ll be playing for John Calipari at the University of Kentucky.
Their short list was whittled down to Kentucky, SMU with new coach Larry Brown, and Mark Turgeon’s Terps. Already having landed top big man Shaquille Cleare, scheduled to debut for Maryland this season, it was heavily rumored the 6’5″ twins were going to surprise everyone and pick the underdogs in College Park.
Surprising and not at the same time, they chose the one-and-done powerhouse of Kentucky, defending national champions and a school that has sent a staggering 15 players to the NBA in the last three years.
Maryland could still have the makings of a Top 25 program in 2012, but suddenly the prospect of their best lineup since the 2002 national championship team doesn’t seem as bright for 2013.