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Kentucky’s Harrow to transfer to Georgia State
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On March 31, 2013 @ 3:00 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Kyle Tucker, USA TODAY Sports
University of Kentucky point guard Ryan Harrow is transferring to Georgia State in Atlanta and will seek a waiver from the NCAA to be eligible to play next season because he said the move is to be closer to his father, who suffered a stroke before last season and is in poor health.
“I really need to be home with him to be closer to him to make sure he’s taken care of,” Harrow told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, adding that he leaves with good feelings about his time with the Wildcats. “I got better there. I built some relationships there. I know next year we would have been really good. It was just real important for me to be with my dad. With him being sick like this, I needed to be there with him.”
Also a consideration for Harrow: he might have been squeezed out of significant playing time — and almost certainly the starting job — with Andrew Harrison, the nation’s top point guard recruit, coming to Kentucky next season. Harrison’s twin, Aaron, is also the top-rated shooting guard and often backs up his brother at point.
Harrow, a former five-star recruit himself who played high school ball at Walton High in Marietta, Ga., played as a freshman at N.C. State before transferring to UK, sitting out a year and then starting 24 games for the Cats this season. He averaged 9.9 points, 2.8 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.6 turnovers in his short, inconsistent Cats career.
“Given the health of his dad, we fully support Ryan’s decision to transfer to Georgia State to be closer to his family in Atlanta,” UK coach John Calipari said in a release. “Ryan was a vital part of this year’s team and an important player in practice during our 2011-12 national championship run. I want to thank Ryan for his efforts and hard work and wish him the best of luck at Georgia State. I know the Big Blue Nation will keep a close eye on him and wish him well as he continues his basketball career and his pursuit of a college degree.”
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