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Thursday, May 26, 2011
NC State guard will end up at Kentucky

By Eamonn Brennan

When NC State coach Mark Gottfried and former freshman point guard Ryan Harrow announced their "mutual" decision to part ways through a transfer, the decision was analyzed largely from the school's side. Losing one of the best players from Sidney Lowe's best recruiting class? Just another challenge for the new Wolfpack coach to overcome. The coach recovered well in recent weeks, landing a commitment North Carolina native Torian Graham, the No. 45-ranked player in the class of 2012, and one Gottfried hopes will lead to further recruiting successes in the months to come.

But what about Harrow? Where would the point guard's new, wide-open future take him? Turns out, Kentucky.

According to the Associated Press, Harrow announced his decision via Twitter Thursday, writing "I am a Kentucky Wildcat!"

It's a big get for Kentucky, akin to landing a high-profile point guard recruit for the class of 2012. Harrow will have to sit a year before he'll be eligible to play, per NCAA transfer rules, but when he does get on the court he could be the next in a line of successful Kentucky point guards.

Sure, Harrow doesn't come with the same accolades or talent as Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans, John Wall, Brandon Knight and 2011's promising Wildcat-to-be Marquis Teague. But he was the No. 8-ranked point guard in the class of 2010, and even if Kentucky does land another top-flight guard, Harrow will have the benefit of one year of college hoops experience and three years of college-level weight training and practice regimes. It will be interesting to see what that time -- plus the tutelage of a proven developer of point guards in John Calipari -- will do for Harrow's ability to make an impact at this level.