Ryan Harrow, the former Walton High School star, has tweeted that he will transfer from North Carolina State to the University of Kentucky.
Harrow chose Kentucky over Georgia, Louisville and Texas.
He will have to sit out one year due to NCAA transfer rules, but the Marietta-native will then have three remaining years of eligibility to give Coach John Calipari.
Harrow commented in the USA Today article (above) that “I just felt that at Kentucky I would reach all the goals I want to achieve for now and later on.”
I have no idea what Mr. Harrow’s “goals” are in regards to his collegiate basketball career, but if playing time is one of them, then I have to question his decision to become a Cat.
Coach Calipari’s point guard in his inaugural season at Kentucky was John Wall, who went on to be selected by the Washington Wizards as the first overall draft pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.
Last season Coach Cal’s team was led by Brandon Knight, who was named to the All-SEC First Team as a freshman. Knight is set to be drafted most likely in the Lottery Round of this year’s NBA Draft.
Heading into the 2011-2012 season, the Wildcats will be led by freshman point guard Marquis Teague, a five-star recruit who was listed by ESPNU as the 7th best player in the country coming out of high school. NBADraft.net currently has Teague going 9th to the Charlotte Bobcats in the first round of their 2012 Mock Draft.
Now, in all fairness, Ryan Harrow was listed as the 39th best prospect in the country by ESPNU in 2010. However, since Calipari has had the reigns at UK, he’s yet to bring in a freshman point guard that hasn’t been one of the top 10 high school prospects in the country. Harrow’s competition for the starting point guard job the season after next should be nothing short of cutthroat.
The Georgia Bulldogs, on the other hand, are losing their backcourt of Gerald Robinson, Jr. and Dustin Ware after the 2011-2012 season, leaving a big, vacant hole to be filled by a ready-and-willing point guard prospect.
If Harrow’s main concern is being on a winning team regardless of how much he contributes, then Kentucky was probably the best choice.
But if he wanted to play some significant minutes in the SEC, then it seems that Georgia would have been the better fit.