As confirmed by multiple recruiting sites, twin brothers Aaron and Andrew Harrison from Fort Bend (Tex.) Travis plan to announce their college decision this Thursday. They will announce live on ESPNU at 5:00 p.m. The brothers are down to the Kentucky Wildcats and Maryland Terrapins, with the SMU Mustangs a distant third.
It was reported that Andrew Harrison tweeted earlier today: Thursday will be the toughest decision I ever had to make but I'm looking forward to it. However, it appears that tweet may have since been deleted.
Regardless of the status of the tweet, the announcement is set to happen, bringing to an end a long and winding recruitment. Both Kentucky and Maryland fans have reasons to be optimistic, and one of the truly exciting things about this recruitment is that the twins and their family have been so close-knit that any rumors tilting fully towards one school or the other simply cannot be believed.
The last in-person communication for Kentucky was an in-home visit from John Calipari on September 9. Maryland's Mark Turgeon and Bino Ranson were reportedly in Houston last week to see the twins.
It's this humble author's opinion that the Harrisons will pick Kentucky. Reading the tea leaves, I have long taken the position that their top priorities are to win big (an NCAA Championship, perhaps?) and to become top five NBA Draft lottery picks after their freshmen seasons. At no other school is that more readily available than Kentucky.
That said, it would not shock me to see them pick Maryland and return home to try and accomplish the same goals. One thing is certain: both fanbases are ready to hear the decision. As Ben Broman at Testudo Times succinctly puts it:
Who knows? Not me. Oh well. I can wait 'til 5:00 Thursday.