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Andrew and Aaron Harrison to return to Kentucky for sophomore seasons

Andrew and Aaron Harrison have decided to return to Kentucky for their sophomore years rather than enter the NBA Draft, a source told CBSSports.com on Friday. The development should again make the Wildcats the nation's preseason No. 1 team next season.

UK is now No. 1 in the Ridiculously Early Preseason Top 25 (and one).

The Harrisons' return was first reported by Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Harrisons are the fifth and sixth legitimate NBA prospects who have decided to return to UK -- the others being Willie Cauley-Stein, Dakari Johnson, Alex Poythress and Marcus Lee. Combine them with an incoming class highlighted by Tyler Ulis, Trey Lyles, Karl Towns and Devin Booker, and John Calipari could theoretically use a lineup that looks like this:

  • G: Andrew Harrison
  • G: Aaron Harrison
  • F: Alex Poythress
  • F: Trey Lyles
  • C: Dakari Johnson

Reserves: Tyler Ulis, Willie Cauley-Stein, Karl Towns, Devin Booker, Marcus Lee

Obviously, Calipari could instead start Ulis, a natural ball-handler and distributor, at the point and play both Harrisons off the ball -- especially if Poythress proves incapable of playing on the wing. Or he could start Cauley-Stein or Towns instead of Johnson. Or, honestly, he could play any combination of bigs with any combination of guards. To argue the specifics is to miss the point, and the point is this: Kentucky is loaded with a roster featuring at least nine and perhaps 10 future NBA Draft picks, meaning the biggest issue facing Calipari will be managing minutes, and, all things considered, that's not a bad problem to have while attempting to make the Final Four for the fourth time in five seasons.

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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