Over the coming days, we are revealing, in alphabetical order, the 10 finalists for the 2014 Lexington Herald-Leader Kentucky Sportsman of the Year award.
The winner will be announced simultaneously the night of Feb. 4 on Kentucky.com and at the fourth annual Bluegrass Sports Awards banquet.
Complete results from Sportsman voting will be in the Feb. 5 Herald-Leader along with a story on the winner and summaries on each of the top 10 finishers in the voting.
Here is the fifth of the 10 finalists:
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Why 2014 was a very good year: The Kentucky guard made the game-deciding shots in three straight NCAA Tournament games — vs. Louisville (39 seconds) in the round of 16, Michigan (2.3 seconds) in the round of eight and Wisconsin (5.7 seconds) in the Final Four.
What the voters said:
1.) "Hard to argue anyone had a more memorable 2014 than did Aaron Harrison, who nearly single-handedly lifted Kentucky to an NCAA title game appearance with what has to be three of the biggest shots in UK basketball history."
— Chris Fisher, The Cats' Pause/24/7.com
2.) "First (Harrison) said (the UK season) 'could still be a great story.' Then he went out and made it one with clutch three-pointers in the NCAA Tournament."
— Keith Farmer, WLEX-TV, Lexington
3.) "His storybook, clutch performances kept alive the most unlikely, amazing journey of any UK team to the championship game."
— Kenny Rice, NBC Sports