With a decision date set for the Harrison twins (this Thursday, if you were still wondering), there has been rampant speculation as to whether they will pick Kentucky or Maryland. Whatever the belief--and most pundits are leaning to Kentucky--the battle lines have been drawn.
It's the heroic coach of Kentucky John Calipari are one side, and Under Armour, the harbinger of all things evil (gasp, a shoe company!), on the other. Of course, that's just a matter of perspective; others may think differently.
This morning, Evan Daniels of Scout started the Twitter firestorm. He published an article with a pro-Maryland twist ($). According to the Harrison twins' father, Aaron Harrison Sr., Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon will be in town on Wednesday. It's either a culmination of a successful recruitment, or a last-ditch attempt to sway the boys from Blue & White.
Harrison to meet with Maryland on Wednesday. Decision on Thursday. Story with quotes from Harrison Sr. ... scouthoops.scout.com/2/1227062.html— Evan Daniels (@EvanDanielsFOX) October 2, 2012
USA Today's Eric Prisbell also got on the phone with the elder Harrison (story to come), and unleashed a few Twitter nuggets of his own. It provided more pro-Maryland fuel to the fire.
My story later from my visit to see Aaron Harrison Sr., who told me Mark Turgeon is "the most upright citizen I have met in basketball."— Eric Prisbell (@EricPrisbell) October 2, 2012
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
One prominent Nike-affiliated coach told me he recruits players off Adidas AAU teams but not any UA AAU teams because "You have no chance."— Eric Prisbell (@EricPrisbell) October 2, 2012
Ah, but lest ye be concerned, some prominent college basketball writers came to the defense of poor Kentucky and John Calipari. Or, well, you know, acknowledged there is a proverbial "war" going on. And it's more than simply between schools. HIDE THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN: THERE ARE COACHES AND CORPORATIONS INVOLVED.
Reading @ericprisbell on the Harrison Twins is a good window into recruitment of elite prospects. It's not Maryland-UK. It's UA-Calipari.— Jeff Eisenberg (@JeffEisenberg) October 2, 2012
Nike, John Calipari and UK vs. Mark Turgeon and Under Armour. Doesn't even seem like a fair fight to me. My gut says UK for Harrison Twins.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanCBS) October 2, 2012
The Harrison recruitment has so many factors to it.UK's obvious pitch is their recent on court success & Cal's player development.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDanielsFOX) October 2, 2012
I guess my point is this: When you're picking between Under Armor & Cal you sound silly railing against the current state of recruiting.— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) October 2, 2012
Is Under Armour official only guy allowed to contact twins? "Wow! No, Coach Turgeon and Coach Calipari have their number," says Harrison Sr.— Ben Roberts (@NextCats) October 2, 2012
If this isn't the most intriguing recruitment of the past 10 years, as 247 Sports' Jerry Meyer indicated yesterday, it's certainly up there. And I, like most people, can't wait for it to be over.
Aaron Harrison/Andrew Harrison: The most intriuging announcement n my 10 years n biz. Most powerful package; real intrigue.— Jerry Meyer (@jerrymeyer247) October 2, 2012