Harrison twins lead Houston Defenders past BABC in Super Showcase final
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- If twin brothers Aaron Harrison and Andrew Harrison (Houston/Travis) weren't already considered the best package deal in the Class of 2013, they proved it Wednesday after leading the Houston Defenders to a 55-45 victory over BABC in the AAU 11th grade Super Showcase.
Aaron led the Defenders with 18 points and seven rebounds in the final, while Andrew was a passing machine, notching 10 assists to go along with eight points.
"It really is a lot of fun to have this time with my brother and enjoy this experience," said Andrew. "I trust his abilities and I know he is going to make things happen when I get him the ball. He's pretty much unstoppable."
Andrew Harrison ranked No. 8 overall in the Class of 2013 and as the top-rated point guard. At 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, he has the perfect size to see the floor and make the right decisions.
Even with the BABC dictating the pace and keeping the tandem guards from running their up-tempo game, Andrew showed his maturity and ability to protect the floor.
"My brother is great at seeing the plays and distributing the ball," said Aaron Harrison, who is No. 16 overall in the 2013 class. "He can score and sometimes I challenge him to score a little more but he likes setting us up on offense. He's not a selfish player; he wants to make everyone look good around him."
As with many identical twins, the Harrison brothers often appear as if they are operating as a single unit. Even though their strengths as players are different, their games can also be interchangeable.
"There are times when Aaron could play the point if it's need," said Andrew. "It's my natural position but we'll switch every so often to see how the other half lives. It depends on the situation but most of the time I'm on the ball and he's off the ball."
The family relationship extends to the bench where their father, Aaron Harrison Sr., is the Defenders' coach.
He takes to coaching his sons in a different way than he does in raising them.
"This is an opportunity to spend time with them where I don't have to be Dad," Aaron Sr. said. "I allow them the space to question a decision and have a different dialogue with me that we probably wouldn't have in the house."
It's no surprise the brothers are incredibly close and will play together in college. Aaron Harrison said Kentucky, Villanova, Texas, Georgia, Baylor and Maryland are among the schools involved.
Kentucky coach John Calipari has been clear with his desire to sign the twins.
"Coach Calipari has said that the boys are his No. 1 priority in the Class of 2013," Aaron Sr. said.
The brothers are equally interested in Kentucky.
"I like Kentucky because it's a basketball school and basketball is the main thing there," Aaron said. "They always have the best of the best there and being considered by a program like that is an honor."
Aaron Sr. says although his boys challenge each other often and have high expectations for their respective games on the court, it's a peaceful union in the home.
"I don't think they've ever had a fight or really argued that much, to be honest," Aaron Sr. said. "Everything they challenge each other with is on the court."
And if there is any doubt about the brothers' future intentions of playing together in college, Aaron Sr. puts it to rest quickly.
"I have a six-bedroom house, they are my only two kids and they still share a room," he said.
Corey Long has been covering high school football and recruiting in the Sunshine State since 1995. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.