Harrison twins committed to Cats but plan to hold off on signing

broberts@herald-leader.comNovember 13, 2012 

Harrison Twins Kentucky Basketball

Twins Aaron, left, and Andrew Harrison said they chose Kentucky because Coach John Calipari "told us from day one ... he was going to push us every day."


Wednesday marks the first opportunity for high school basketball players to sign with a college, but Kentucky's top two recruits are in no rush to put pen to paper.

Aaron Harrison told USA Today on Tuesday that he and his brother Andrew intend to wait until the late signing period in April to make their commitments to the Cats official.

Aaron called the move a "precaution" and said he and Andrew are "just making sure everything stays the same with coaching and things like that."

Regardless of when they sign, the players' father left no room for confusion in an interview with the Herald-Leader on Tuesday.

"They're not holding out. They're not waiting to see if anybody's leaving. They're going to Kentucky," Aaron Harrison Sr. said.

Harrison Sr. didn't rule out the possibility of his sons — the top two guards in high school basketball — signing in the early period.

James Young, Marcus Lee and Derek Willis join the Harrisons in UK's top-ranked recruiting class.

Young's godfather, Sean Mahone, told the Herald-Leader that Young might not complete his paperwork Wednesday, but that the five-star wing plans to sign between now and Nov. 21, the last day of the signing period.

Lee, a five-star forward from California, is also expected to sign with UK during the early period.

Willis, a Bullitt East standout, will sign with Kentucky at his school Wednesday.

UK women's coach Matthew Mitchell also has a stellar recruiting class assembled.

Chicago point guard Linnae Harper is rated No. 5 nationally by ESPN, making her the highest-ranked recruit of Mitchell's career.

Marion County stars Makayla Epps and Kyvin Goodin-Rogers are also in the Top 100.

All three are expected to sign with UK on Wednesday.

Ben Roberts: (859) 231-3216Twitter @NextCatsBlog: ukrecruiting.bloginky.com

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