UK recruiting: Point guard Harrow picks Kentucky

N.C. State transfer eligible for 2012-13

May 26, 2011 

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North Carolina State's Ryan Harrow, front, drives past Maryland's Terrell Stoglin, back, in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, March 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)


Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari has lined up another top point guard. But UK fans will have to wait until 2012-13 for this one.

North Carolina State transfer Ryan Harrow told Wednesday night that he has picked Kentucky.

"I just felt like they had everything that I needed as far as me getting better and me reaching my ultimate goals," Harrow told the Web site, referring to Calipari's string of high draft picks at the point guard position.

Harrow averaged 9.3 points and 3.3 assists as a freshman at N.C. State. He chose UK over Georgia, Louisville and Texas, according to Scout.

Harrow will have to sit out the 2011-12 season and will have three years of eligibility at UK.

The 6-foot-1 160-pounder out of Marietta, Ga., was a key component of a top-five recruiting class last year for the Wolfpack. But Coach Sidney Lowe was fired after a losing season, and Harrow decided to go elsewhere.

Having to sit out a season might be a good thing for Harrow. Most analysts see incoming point guard Marquis Teague as a 2012 NBA Draft pick, and his departure would leave UK in need of a new floor leader. Rodney Purvis, a top point guard in the 2012 class who is considering UK, posted on Twitter Wednesday that Harrow's decision won't affect his.

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