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The gap between Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison might not exist

Kentucky's Aaron Harrison is a McDonald's All-American, a consensus top-10 national recruit and well-rounded and undeniably accomplished member of the Class of 2013, in general. But he's still forever been labeled a notch below, relatively speaking.

Is he the best Aaron in the class?

No, that's Arizona freshman Aaron Gordon.

Is he the best Harrison in the class?

No, that's his brother -- fellow Kentucky freshman Andrew Harrison.

So I imagine it must be tough on some level -- being great at something but still always hearing that you're not as good as this guy or that guy, especially when one of those guys is your twin. But Aaron Harrison -- AKA, the other Harrison -- has been so splendid in preseason workouts that at least one observer close to the program told CBSSports.com that there doesn't appear to be a gap between the brothers.

"Not at all," said the source.

So good luck, everybody else in college basketball.

If forward Julius Randle, point guard Andrew Harrison and center Willie Cauley-Stein are all projected as top-20 picks in next June's NBA Draft, and shooting guard Aaron Harrison is working out as their equal at the Joe Craft Center on campus, then where is the supposed weak link at Kentucky going to be?

Maybe it'll come in the form of inexperience.

Perhaps it'll ultimately be a lack of chemistry between teammates.

It's obviously hard to account for those types of things until the games start.

But, either way, one thing is becoming clearer as individual workouts get ready to turn into full practices on Friday, and that's that UK's inordinate amount of talent and how it meshes is going to be college basketball's most interesting storyline in November and December.


Gary Parrish is a senior college basketball columnist for CBSSports.com and frequent contributor to the CBS Sports Network. The Mississippi native also hosts the highest-rated sports talk radio show -- The Gary Parrish Show -- in the history of Memphis. He lives in that area with his wife, two children and a dog.
 
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