New University of Kentucky basketball commitments Andrew and Aaron Harrison are battle-tested players who have practiced against professionals since even before they began high school, according to former NBA player and coach John Lucas, who has trained the twins in Houston since they were eighth-graders.
Lucas, who is hosting the Midwest Invitational basketball camp in Louisville this weekend, heavily praised the identical, 6-foot-5, 210-pound twins who are considered consensus top-five players in the 2013 class.
“They come in, for me, right behind Kobe (Bryant) and LeBron (James) as talents,” Lucas said in a phone interview last week. “… They’ve got a chance to be really good.”
The Harrisons, who play for Travis High School near Houston, chose the Cats this month over Maryland, which is Lucas’ alma mater.
Lucas said that when the twins were in the eighth and ninth grade, they were the only players that young allowed to participate in games with the pros he also helps train, particularly at his annual NBA predraft camp.
Lucas mentioned J.R. Smith, Blake Griffin, Andray Blatche, Tyshawn Taylor, Chandler Parsons, Hassan Whiteside, John Henson and his son John Lucas III as some NBA players or former prospects with whom the Harrisons have shared a court.
“They held their own,” Lucas said.
Lucas said he was not surprised that the Harrisons committed to UK coach John Calipari.
“I think that’s one place that will get the most out of them and they’ll be challenged,” he said.
Lucas said Andrew Harrison, the nation’s No. 1 point guard, is a unique player, but when the coach was asked if he’d compare him to any other players Lucas said, after a pause to ponder, “A bigger, little slower version of Derrick Rose, with that physical strength to get wherever he wants.”
I have never seen them play besides highlights but guess I was pretty dumb for asking in a post earlier if they were both really good and deserve the top 5 ranking. But I think John Lucas might have relapsed for this interview when saying they are right behind Kobe and LeBron.
Jon Lucas is a great coach and all, but he is delusional about their talents. Couple years ago he said the same thing about Renardo Sidney, look where he is now
I haven't really seen much of the Harrison twins yet. I don't watch much high school basketball. It tends to be a pain to search out games (I've never known where to find HS games.. youtube?), and I don't care much for highlights. Everyone looks like a star in a highlight.
But I watch HS rankings because I follow NCAA basketball very closely and thus keep an eye on recruiting. I've been hearing great things about these guys for a long time. Can't wait until they arrive at Kentucky so I can finally start seeing them regularly.
It's funny you say that because in highlights I don't think either one looks like a star to me.
Was an absloute beast in high school. He's a great example for star players who think they can coast.