InsideMDSports: Harrison twins taking their time, listening to two new schools

April 25, 2012|By Jeff Ermann | Special to The Baltimore Sun

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Everywhere they go these days, Aaron Harrison and Andrew Harrison are a featured attraction. The twin brothers from Travis High in Richmond, Texas, ranked as the No. 1 shooting guard and No. 1 point guard in the Class of 2013, respectively, tend to draw big crowds of spectators and college coaches.

That was again the case at the Pitt Jam Fest this past weekend, where coaches from all four of the twins' top schools – Maryland, Kentucky, Baylor and Villanova – could be seen watching the prized pair play for the Houston Defenders. Last summer the Harrisons appeared close to deciding between those schools, but they later pumped the brakes on their recruitment. At the Jam Fest, they reiterated they’re in no rush to make a decision.

“We’re playing it by ear and not rushing into anything,” Andrew Harrison said. “We haven’t scheduled anything.”

In addition to their top four schools, the Harrisons are considering a couple of additional suitors, Arizona and Kansas.

“We’re definitely still wide open,” Aaron Harrison said, before explaining the attraction of a couple of the schools under consideration.

Maryland: “Its basketball tradition. Coach [Mark] Turgeon was recruiting us at Texas A&M, so we’ve had a relationship with him for a while.”

Kentucky: “Just the style of play and of course, everybody wants to go to the NBA.”

Kansas: “Just the style of play and because they’ve got a lot of players going to the NBA.”

Andrew Harrison on Arizona, Baylor, Villanova, Kentucky and Maryland:

Arizona: “We know coach Book [Richardson] and coach [Sean] Miller. It’s a great basketball program and the campus is really nice.”

Baylor: “It’s close to home and a good family atmosphere.”

Villanova: “I like the way they use their guards.”

Kentucky: “Just the basketball tradition and the dribble-drive offense.”

Maryland: “The family atmosphere, the conference and the coaches.”

The Terps have a couple of additional factors working in their favor; the Harrisons' grandparents live in Baltimore, and their former AAU teammate and close friend Shaquille Cleare will be joining the program next season.

“Shaq is one of my best friends in the world, so of course that’s [a factor],” Aaron Harrison said.

Still, anyone declaring the twins a strong lean toward any specific school is probably speculating. Even those closest to their father and AAU coach, Aaron Harrison Sr., say he’s not given any hints as to where they may be leaning.

The battle for the dynamic duo seems likely to continue until late this summer, after they take more visits. Maryland, Kansas and Villanova are all likely destinations for unofficials, said Aaron Jr.

“We just want to see all of our opportunities and make sure we make the right choice,” he said.

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