The Harrison twins, Andrew and Aaron, are dynamic guards from Texas who are considered top five talents in the high school basketball class of 2013. Aaron is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard; Andrew is a 6-foot-5 point guard. (Both are potential Olympians in 2016 if the U-23 rule is in place.) They play on an AAU team sponsored by Under Armour.
Every college basketball coach in the country wants the Harrison Twins. By all accounts, Duke and Kentucky are in the mix, but Maryland might be the favorite. Maryland, of course, is a school that wears jerseys courtesy of Under Armour. Guess where UA is headquartered? A three-pointer away from the Terps’ College Park campus in Baltimore. (Brandon Jennings of the Bucks was an Under Armour intern there during the lockout.)
As Ty Duffy has detailed on this site before, Under Armour is trying to do for Maryland what Nike has done for Oregon. The football team is a mess, but UA can dazzle recruits with spiffy jerseys; there’s actual optimism around the basketball team this year (I’m overly bullish on the Terps) and that will only improve if they’re able to add the Harrison Twins.
The seniors are expected to announce their college decision Thursday, and most of the pundits seem to think it’ll be the Terps over the Wildcats. That would be a massive recruiting coup of Mark Turgeon. When was the last time Cal lost an elite recruit to a non-powerhouse? Eric Prisbell of USA Today Sports dropped this tweet today that speaks volumes about the recruiting situation:
Harrison Sr. told me college coaches not allowed to call his sons directly. Only person allowed to call them: One Under Armour official.
— Eric Prisbell (@EricPrisbell) October 2, 2012
If true, how is Kentucky going to win this recruiting battle? And what does the inept, toothless NCAA think about a sneaker official being a middleman in the recruiting process?
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Previously: College Hoops Top 25 For 2012-2013 [Amended to Reflect Recruits/NBA Decisions]
Previously: Maryland’s Uniforms Failed the Eye Test
Previously: Maryland’s Mark Turgeon Was Not Happy with John Henson’s Dunk at the End of the Game