Harrison Twins

2013 guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison verbally commit to attend Kentucky


In one of the most important recruiting decisions in recent history, twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison (Richmond, Texas) have verbally committed to attend Kentucky.

The twins, who are both consensus Top 5 prospects and announced their decision on ESPNU, picked the reigning national champions over Maryland and SMU.

“We just sat down one night and decided that we wanted to go somewhere [where we knew] we could win as soon as we get there,” said Aaron on the telecast.

Calipari wins another high-profile recruiting battle, and landing the twins makes Kentucky a national title contender as soon as they arrive on campus next year.

“I think Coach Calipari presented a challenge for us and he just told us from day one it was going to be tough and he was going to push us every day,” said Andrew.

“And that’s what we really wanted to hear. We just want to become better players.”

In three seasons in Lexington, Calipari has seen 15 players selected in the NBA Draft and that track record has an impact on many of the nation’s most talented prospects.

The Harrison twins join Derek Willis in the Wildcats’ 2013 class and they certainly aren’t done either.

Aaron Gordon, Julius Randle, Marcus Lee and James Young are four other elite prospects who hold offers from Kentucky, and it still remains to be seen if 2014 stud Andrew Wiggins makes the move back into the 2013 class.

There’s also the matter of who leaves/returns to Lexington after this season, but with the players committed and who is remaining on the board the Wildcats will be OK.

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at CollegeHoops.net and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

Louisville’s Rick Pitino on allegations: ‘We will get through this’

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino remains defiant that his program will survive the allegations in a book by an escort alleging that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.

Pitino said Tuesday that the Cardinals “will get through this the right way.”

The coach told a packed room at a tipoff luncheon that he understands the motivation behind Katina Powell’s book “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” but questions the need for the alleged activities given the talent his program has produced.

Pitino added, “We will find out the truth, whatever it may be, and those responsible will pay the price.”

Georgia Tech lands Class of 2016 guard

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Georgia Tech picked up its third Class of 2016 commitment on Tuesday as the Yellow Jackets landed a pledged from three-star guard Josh Okogie.

The 6-foot-4 guard is considered the No. 143 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016 rankings and Okogie played with a very talented Team CP3 in the Nike EYBL. In 22 games this spring and summer, Okogie averaged 10.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 45 percent from the field.

Okogie joins three-star wing Christian Matthews and four-star big man Romello White in head coach Brian Gregory’s Class of 2016 at Georgia Tech. The group is definitely a solid influx of talent with some coming from successful grassroots programs.