Derek Jeter. Peyton Manning. John Calipari.
That could be the sports world's current standard for tough acts to follow. No one figures to feel that more than the shortstop for the New York Yankees next season, the Denver Broncos' next starting quarterback and Kentucky's next basketball coach.
Now, imagine a Jeter or Manning or Calipari begetting a similarly successful replacement. Then another and another follow. The next in line must play with Jeter-like production and panache. The next Manning must routinely set passing records and be an ever-present commercial pitchman. The next UK coach must satisfy a fan base which sees anything less than a No. 1-rated recruiting class and multiple Final Four appearances as a setback.
That, more or less, is what Andrew Harrison faced last season as the latest in a long line of standout point guards to play for Calipari.
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"There's expectation," he said, succinctly.
"At the same time, you just want to be yourself. You can be the best version of you you can be."
Yes, but being good isn't nearly good enough for a Calipari point guard.
"Hmmm," Harrison said, "you just have to be yourself. ... That's some stuff that people say. It really doesn't matter. You just have to play your game, play with your team and be yourself."
The familiar list of Calipari point guards is practically a who's who of the position in recent seasons. Derrick Rose. Tyreke Evans. John Wall. Brandon Knight. Marquis Teague.
Rose, Knight and Teague led their teams to the Final Four. Wall came oh-so-close to doing the same.
All five played one season of college basketball before becoming NBA Draft first-round picks.
That, more or less, is the standard.
When asked if he came to Kentucky to follow that path, Harrison said, "I just knew I was going to come here and play with a lot of great players and have a chance to win a national championship.
"And," he added, "you're in a spotlight here."
Harrison played point guard prior to coming to Kentucky. He long ago embraced the responsibility to lead a team.
"It's great," he said. "Not only do you have to be better than the player you're going against, you have to be able to lead your team and make sure they're all having fun."
His understanding of the position changed from high school to college.
"On the high school level, you're just playing freely," he said. "(You) do what you want."
At Kentucky, "You have to run the offense. You have so many talented players on your team, anybody can get it done."
An overriding question concerns Calipari. Sideline histrionics aside, is he a point-guard whisperer who imparts crucial wisdom unavailable to most coaches? Or does he simply benefit from recruiting high-level point guards and merely polishes already shiny talent?
"He just demands a lot," Harrison said in deftly eluding the question. "At the same time, those great teams he's had, every player was good. It wasn't all the point guards. Just like now. It's not all the point guards."
But, it starts with the point guard. Harrison acknowledged that the point guard commands more of Calipari's attention than a wing or front-court player.
"It's a lot different," Harrison said. "Every movement he tries to critique. So you've got to be on your 'A' game. You've got to play hard."
Harrison said it took him until the Southeastern Conference Tournament to grow accustomed to what could be termed Calipari's attention to detail. He said he'd also made peace with following so many exalted footsteps.
"This year I'm a lot different," he said. "I know a lot of it doesn't really matter. You just have to play the game."