Rarely does a 5-star recruit committing to Kentucky fly under the radar, but that happened last night when ex-NC State point guard Ryan Harrow announced via Twitter that he would transfer to Kentucky. Harrow was a 5-star prospect a year ago who decided to leave Raleigh after his head coach, Sidney Lowe, was fired.
Under transfer rules, Harrow will have to sit out the 2011-2012 season. He will be eligible to play for the Cats in 2012-2013 as a junior. This gives Coach John Calipari yet another top-notch point guard to work with. Harrow will join Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans, John Wall, Brandon Knight, and current recruit, Marquis Teague as the next in a long line of Calipari-coached point guards.
Harrow’s arrival in Lexington lays a foundation for yet another stellar recruiting class. Given the propensity for Calipari’s point guards to be NBA lottery picks after only one season, there was some question already as to who would come after Teague. The 2012 class is already lightly regarded for its point guard talent, with only Rodney Purvis, who recently de-committed from Louisville, standing out. Harrow provides Kentucky with 5-star skills and some seasoning from his freshman year at NC State uncommon among Calipari’s recruits.
As a senior in high school, Harrow was named Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Georgia, averaging 32 points and 6 assists per game. As a freshman at NCSU, he became a starter at the end of the season and averaged 9 points and 3 assists per contest overall.