Even if Andrew and Aaron Harrison leave Kentucky and declare for the NBA Draft following this year, college basketball will still have at least one set of twins by those names playing in the same backcourt during the 2015-2016 season.
On Sunday, twins Andrew and Aaron Robinson both committed to Quinnipiac. This was first reported by Adam Finkelstein of ESPN and the New England Recruiting Report. The Robinson’s coach, Tom Espinosa later confirmed the commitments via Twitter.
The Robinsons spent last season at Springbrook High (Maryland). The 6-foot-5 Andrew averaged 17.5 points per game last season. Aaron, who is an inch shorter, tallied 11.0 points a game. In May, the two decided to enroll at Putnam Science Academy (Connecticut).
“We definitely do want to try to go to the same school, which is one of the reasons we decided to go with a prep year,” Andrew told the Washington Post back on May 2. “But it depends on the situation. If it’s a good fit for both of us, we definitely want to do that and go to the same school. But if it’s not a good fit for each of us, we’ll go to separate schools. We want both of us to have a good college experience, so it’s all about the fit really.”
Andrew entered the grassroots circuit this summer with multiple Division I offers from low to mid-major schools. Aaron had mostly Division II interest.
Tom Moore has had recent success recruiting the New England prep schools. Three of his five freshman came from the prep school ranks, including Chaise Daniels, the in-state power forward who also attended Putnam Science Academy.
The brothers Robinson are the first commits in the Class of 2015 for the Bobcats.
The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 10.3 points per game, while shooting 42 percent from three, as a freshman. He, along with Malcolm Hill and Michael Thorne Jr., is one of three returning players who averaged double figures last season.
This could prove to be a make-or-break year for John Groce, who enters his fifth season at the helm. He guided the Illini to an NCAA Tournament in his first season, but hasn’t been back since.
The key for the Illini is health. Abrams gives them experience and leadership, but it won’t be a surprise if there’s some rust in his game after spending the past two seasons on the sideline. Having a healthy Coleman-Lands will help stabilize the backcourt, while Hill, an all-conference caliber forward, and Thorne anchor the frontcourt.
Like Alkins, Jones was a sought-after scorer. The 6-foot-4 two-guard was rated No. 69 overall in the Class of 2016 by Rivals. He picked Indiana over offers from Cal, Cincinnati, Georgetown and more than a dozen other high-major programs.
Jeter, the 6-foot-10, played in a reserve role as a freshman, averaging 1.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per game last season. He will be part of a loaded frontline that includes heralded freshmen Harry Giles and Marques Bolden, as well as redshirt senior Amile Jefferson, who returns to the lineup following a foot injury.
The greatest player in Auburn program history will honored with a statue outside of the team’s home arena.
The university announced that Charles Barkley, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, will be the fourth athlete to be given a statue, joining Heisman Trophy winners Bo Jackson, Pat Sullivan and Cam Newton.
“It just means a great deal to me,” Barkley said in a statement. “Being a kid from Alabama, going to Auburn. I think everybody knows what Auburn means to me. It’s going to be pretty cool.”
Barkley, currently working as an analyst for TNT, was the SEC Player of the Year in 1984, as well as a second team All-American. He averaged 14.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game in 84 appearances for the Tigers.