Monday, July 16, 2012

The Twins Return to Charm City

After participating in the Reebok Challenge in Philadelphia just four days ago, five-star guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison return to Baltimore, their father, Aaron Harrison Sr.’s hometown, for the city’s top AAU basketball event of the summer.

The Houston Defenders (Texas) will face off against Nike Baltimore Elite at Baltimore City Community College tonight at 7 p.m. Fans will be able to see ESPN’s 2013 top-ranked point guard in Andrew Harrison, and second-ranked shooting guard in Aaron Harrison.

Andrew, the unanimous No. 1 point guard nationally, and Aaron, Scout’s top-ranked shooting guard, are the priority for Maryland’s 2013 class and will be the main focus of tonight’s game. The Terps just reined in six recruits for the 2012 class, so coach Mark Turgeon and crew will have more energy to devote to a class many predict to be much smaller in 2013.

The Terps are not the only team courting the Harrison twins, however. The pair is also considering offers from Baylor, Kentucky, SMU and Villanova.

At the Rebook Challenge, Rival’s Eric Bossi explained that each of the five schools competing for the twins’ services had a coach in attendance at the camp: 

"Mark Turgeon of Maryland was there. So were SMU's Larry Brown, Villanova's Jay Wright, Baylor's Scott Drew and Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne to represent each of the twins' five finalists.
 Everybody in the gym saw the same thing, the Harrison brothers were just playing at a different level from anybody else on the floor. Their pace, their understanding of spacing, movement and high-skill levels make them both complete guards who are much more interchangeable than many believe." -Eric Bossi

Nike Baltimore Elite, on the other hand, does not lack for star power either. Led by four guards each holding high-major DI offers, tonight’s match should be a highly competitive affair for both teams. Mount St. Joseph’s (Md.) Kameron Williams, IMG Academy’s (Fla.) Daxter Mile, Vermont Academy’s (Vt.) Jamel Artis and Daquein McNeil all sport scholarships from high-major to mid-major schools, coach Carlton Carrington told the The Baltimore Sun.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m and tickets can be purchased at the door: $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.