Of the seven University of Kentucky basketball players who declared early for this month's NBA Draft, two clearly had the most to prove to the league's decision makers.
One of those players has seen his draft stock rise in recent weeks. The other still has some work to do.
The results of the June 25 draft will almost certainly lead to the separation of Aaron and Andrew Harrison — UK's starting backcourt the past two seasons — for the first time.
Andrew Harrison was one of the standouts at last month's NBA Combine in Chicago. Most of this year's draft-eligible players attended the event, but many who are considered locks to be selected opted to skip the actual playing portion and submitted only to the athletic testing.
Both of the twins played, and Andrew benefited the most.
DraftExpress.com, which projected Andrew as a back-end, second-round pick prior to the combine, bumped him up to No. 32 overall after his showing there alleviated some doubts about how his play at the point guard position would translate to the NBA.
"It's his size and his ability to get to the rim," DraftExpress analyst Jonathan Givony told the Herald-Leader. "He's really shown that he's not a combo guard. He's really a point guard. He can make the right plays. And at 6-6, he can guard a lot of different people.
"Question marks about his offense — obviously those are still there."
Even though Harrison shot 37 percent from three-point range as a Wildcat — and 38.3 percent this past season — Givony said, "there are some question marks about how his mechanics will translate to the NBA line."
And while he showed the ability to get to the basket throughout his college career, he often struggled to finish once he got there.
For now, his role at the next level will be as a player who can manage a team on offense while not being a liability on the defensive end.
"The fact that he can distribute, he can defend — that gives him a role right away, if he's willing to accept that," Givony said.
How Aaron fits in the NBA is harder to figure.
He's known for all of the big shots he hit at UK during two runs to the Final Four, but he was actually just a 33.5 percent three-point shooter in 79 games as a Wildcat.
"For a guy whose whole game kind of revolves around his shooting, that's not really ideal," Givony said.
DraftExpress.com does not have Aaron Harrison listed in its most recent mock draft, and his showing at the NBA Combine didn't help his prospects. In two scrimmages there, Harrison was 5-for-21 from the field and made just one of seven three-point attempts.
"I think he forced the issue a little bit at the Combine," Givony said. "It's not what you want to see from a guy who's seen as a role player — he comes in and jacks up every shot."
Givony said that Harrison still has a decent chance to get drafted if he shoots well during his workouts with individual NBA teams.
At his summer press conference last week, UK Coach John Calipari sounded as if he has no doubts that Aaron will hear his name called later this month.
"Somebody is going to look at Aaron," Calipari said, "at his size and his ability to make big shots and play with courage, and they're going to pull the trigger for him, too."