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Aaron and Andrew Harrison Will Return to Kentucky

by Photo of Ross Bernhardt

With the Harrisons now again in the fold, Kentucky just became the favorites for next season.

Aaron and Andrew Harrison Will Return to Kentucky

The Kentucky Wildcats already boasted a championship-quality roster when players Willie Cauley-Stein, Alex Poythress and Dakari Johnson all decided to return to school. With today's announcement that the Harrison twins, Andrew and Aaron, are also coming back, Kentucky now becomes the overwhelming favorite for the 2014-2015 national championship.

Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to break the news, tweeting the news out about an hour ago. He mentioned that the twins were very much on the fence and that it was a back-and-forth decision over the last couple of weeks. But today they made up their mind, and instead of playing in the NBA, they will return to Rupp Arena.

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Aaron and Andrew Harrison have decided against NBA Draft, will return to Kentucky for sophomore seasons, source tells Yahoo Sports.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) April 25, 2014 >

The Harrisons played respectably in their freshman seasons. Andrew, operating as the point guard, averaged 10.8 points and four assists a game, but shot just 36% from the field. Aaron, operating off the ball, averaged 13.7 points to go with three rebounds a game at a shooting clip of 42%. Both shot 35% from three. The Harrisons' clutch play during the NCAA Tournament was a main reason Kentucky made it to the championship game against Connecticut, but the duo underwhelmed in the final, combining for just 15 points on 6-16 shooting and committing seven turnovers. For the season, the Harrisons were fairly inconsistent, and even in the tournament, they showed there was promise but plenty to work on.

Instead of going to the draft, where there wasn't a guarantee either would have been a first round pick in such a deep field, the pair returned to school where they will have a great shot at getting back to the national championship game. Let's just run down their roster quickly:

The Harrisons will start at guard, along with returning forwards Alex Poynthress (JR), Dakari Johnson (SO) and center Willie Cauley-Stein. They will be able to bring super-athletic sophomore forward Marcus Lee off the bench as well as 6'0" PG Dominique Hawkins. Kentucky is also bringing in four top-25 recruits based on ESPN's rankings: 6'10" PF Trey Lyles (#6 overall), 6'11" C Karl Towns Jr. (#9), 6'5" G Devin Booker (#18) and 5'9" PG Tyler Ulis (#25). As Eamonn Brennan noted yesterday on ESPN, with or without the Harrisons Kentucky was going to be massive. Now they will again be able to boast a starting lineup where the shortest players, the Harrisons, are 6'6". They will be able to cycle in five forwards/centers all larger than 6'10". They will be skilled, talented, and most of them will be experienced.

We'd be having the same kind of discussion about Duke if Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood had elected to stay, but even with their incredible recruiting class, they can't match what Kentucky has right now. With the Harrisons back, John Calipari and the Wildcats are in the driver's seat to get back to the national championship.

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