Aaron Harrison

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Aaron Harrison
Aaron-Harrison.jpg
Harrison in Kentucky's 2013 Blue-White scrimmage
No. 9 – Charlotte Hornets
Position Shooting guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1994-10-28) October 28, 1994 (age 21)
San Antonio, Texas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school Travis (Pecan Grove, Texas)
College Kentucky (2013–2015)
NBA draft 2015 / Undrafted
Playing career 2015–present
Career history
2015–present Charlotte Hornets
2016 Oklahoma City Blue (D-League)
2016 Erie BayHawks (D-League)
Career highlights and awards

Aaron Malik Harrison (born October 28, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association, (NBA). He was considered one of the top high school recruits in 2013 and played college basketball for the University of Kentucky alongside his twin brother Andrew.[1][2][3] Harrison played in both the 2013 Jordan Brand Classic, and the 2013 McDonald's All-American Boys Game.[4][5]

High school career[edit]

Harrison defending against Wayne Selden in the 2013 McDonald's All-American Boys Game

Harrison was widely regarded as a top five player in the class of 2013 with Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, and twin brother Andrew. On March 9, 2013, Harrison and his brother, Andrew, helped the Fort Bend Travis Tigers to defeat South Grand Prairie, 46-38 at the Frank Erwin Center on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin to win the Class 5A state title in Texas. They finished #16 in the final ESPN 25 Power Rankings. Fort Bend Travis had lost in the Class 5A state title game the year before to Flower Mound Marcus.[6][7]

College career[edit]

Harrison started at shooting guard in all 40 games for the University of Kentucky during the 2013–14 season, averaging 13.7 points with 42.3% shooting, 35.6% 3-point shooting, and 79% free throw shooting. He scored a career-high 28 points against the Robert Morris Colonials on November 17, 2013 all while shooting a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line. On March 30, 2014, Harrison hit a game-winning 3-point field goal versus the Michigan Wolverines in the regional finals of the 2014 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. On April 5, 2014, Harrison hit a game-winning 3-point field goal versus the Wisconsin Badgers in the semi-finals of the 2014 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. He finished the game with 8 points, all coming in the second half.

On April 25, 2014, Harrison and his brother both announced via Twitter that they would return to play their sophomore years at the University of Kentucky, instead of entering the 2014 NBA draft.

Prior to the start of the 2014–15 season, Harrison was named the preseason SEC Player of the Year.[8]

On April 9, 2015, Harrison declared for the NBA draft, forgoing his final two years of college eligibility. He was joined alongside his twin brother Andrew and fellow Kentucky teammates Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, Trey Lyles, Devin Booker, and Dakari Johnson.[9]

Professional career[edit]

Charlotte Hornets (2015–present)[edit]

2015-16 season[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2015 NBA draft, Harrison joined the Charlotte Hornets for the 2015 NBA Summer League.[10] On July 14, 2015, he signed with the Hornets.[11] He made his NBA debut on November 20, 2015, recording one rebound in two minutes of action against the Philadelphia 76ers.[12] In the Hornets' regular season finale on April 13, 2016, Harrison had a season-best game with six points and five rebounds in a 117–103 win over the Orlando Magic.[12] During his rookie season, using the flexible assignment rule, Harrison received multiple assignments to the Oklahoma City Blue and the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League.[13]

2016-17 season[edit]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015–16 Charlotte 21 0 4.4 .263 .300 .417 .7 .1 .3 .0 .9
Career 21 0 4.4 .263 .300 .417 .7 .1 .3 .0 .9

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2016 Charlotte 2 0 3.5 .000 .000 .000 .5 .0 .0 .0 .0
Career 2 0 3.5 .000 .000 .000 .5 .0 .0 .0 .0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rankin, Reggie (October 5, 2012). "Harrison twins choose Kentucky". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 5, 2012. 
  2. ^ Johnson, Raphielle (October 4, 2012). "2013 guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison verbally commit to attend Kentucky". NBCSports.com. Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  3. ^ Vaught, Larry (April 10, 2013). "Vaught's Views: Aaron Harrison shows he is a special player, like his twin brother". CentralKYNews.com. Retrieved April 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ Jones, Steve (April 4, 2013). "Andrew Harrison recaps McDonald's game". Courier-Journal.com. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  5. ^ Kane, Colleen (March 31, 2013). "Kentucky recruits dominate McDonald's All-American game rosters". ChicagoTribune.com. Retrieved March 31, 2013. 
  6. ^ "ESPN 25 Power Rankings: Final". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 13, 2012. 
  7. ^ Parker, Brandon (March 13, 2012). "Texas final hoops rankings: FM Marcus, Kimball repeat as champs". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 13, 2012. 
  8. ^ Lintner, Jonathan (September 22, 2014). "UK picked to win SEC; Aaron Harrison player of year". Cincinnati.com. Retrieved October 26, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Andrew, Aaron Harrison declare for 2015 draft". BleacherReport. BleacherReport. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  10. ^ "Hornets Announce 2015 Orlando Pro Summer League Roster". NBA.com. June 30, 2015. Retrieved July 14, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Hornets Sign Free Agent Guard Aaron Harrison". NBA.com. July 14, 2015. Retrieved July 14, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b "Aaron Harrison 2015-16 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved January 21, 2016. 
  13. ^ "2015-16 NBA Assignments". NBA.com. Retrieved March 13, 2016. 

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