|Ryan Harrow has only played 10 minutes so far this season for Kentucky. (US Presswire)|
The word that UK coach John Calipari has circulated over the past week or so is that his starting point guard is dealing with the flu, but now it appears clear there's more to it than just that as Calipari announced Harrow has left the team to return to his family and won't play Wednesday or Friday.
“Unfortunately, Ryan left town this morning w/ his mom to tend to an issue w/ his family & we don't expect him back in time for Friday's game,” Calipari wrote on Twitter. “Please keep Ryan and his family in your prayers and we hope to have him back soon.”
I'm not sure exactly what it is, but the hope is that Harrow gets it straightened out and is all right. Harrow obviously has a golden, one-year opportunity in front of him, but many have questioned his mental toughness -- while he was as a freshman at NC State and since he's been eligible to play at Kentucky.
Is it just a case of being overwhelmed and not being able to handle the pressure of following guys like John Wall, Brandon Knight and Marquis Teague -- and playing in the fishbowl that is Lexington? Possibly.
Whatever the case, Calipari now must plan as if Harrow won't be back. That's been the case for the past week or so, anyway, and he's slid wing Archie Goodwin over to the point and quickly made comparisons with Goodwin to Tyreke Evans. If Harrow does come back, it'll only help the Wildcats anyway to have Goodwin more comfortable being able to run the team.
I'm still not convinced Kentucky is an elite team without Harrow -- and that's not to say Harrow is a savior. But he is a natural point guard.
And I hope whatever the issue is, Harrow gets it figured out.