As the NBA draft nears, USA TODAY High School Sports will look back at the high school careers and draft prospects for some of the top players. Here is today’s installment on Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison.
Position: Point guard
High school: Travis; Richmond, Texas
ALL-USA history: Named to the 2013 American Family Life ALL-USA Second Team. Helped lead Travis to a state title in his senior season, posting 15.8 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists per game.
Height, weight: 6-6, 210 pounds
By the numbers: Scored 9.3 points per game in his sophomore season to go along with 3.6 assists and 2.2 rebounds. Helped direct UK to the Final Four, where it lost to Wisconsin.
Draft positives: The better of the two Harrison twins is a strong combo guard with a great ability to finish. He can handle very well for a bigger guard, and his ability to creatively finish in the lane is tough to guard. Obviously, after two years at Kentucky, you know you’re getting someone who knows how to win. Harrison will likely continue to improve his game with the determination that allowed him to succeed with the Wildcats.
Draft negatives: Harrison is not a sharp-shooting type of guard, although he can get into a rhythm and knock down some threes. However, the big knock on the Harrison twins among the NBA seems to be their attitudes. The dramatics at the end of the Final Four game last season didn’t help, either. How a team feels about Harrison’s ability to contain his negativity could certainly affect his draft stock or even if he is drafted at all.
Projection: Second round
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