this guy is very raw. he has alot to work on before he's an NBA guard, namely running a half court offense and making jump shots. i think he may need to stay at UK before he even thinks about the NBA
He's in a hard spot right now, he's not ready to go to the league yet if he stays the Harrison twins will come in and take over. One of the negatives of playing for coach Cal I guess
I never bought into the hype when every mock was declaring him lottery at the beginning of the year.
He's really a Jr in college still 150 pounds, and cant run a team, he may have went head to head with Teague last year in practice but Teague is 3 years younger and still an overall better prosect than Harrow will ever be.
Now I will say he's a good PG, he can get into the lane and has a nice floater, but I dont see NBA in his future at least not as of yet.
The only way he declares after this season is if UK makes the tournament, makes a deep run, and he plays great. That's pretty lofty...
Harrow is kind of a victim of the situation he's in. He is a good shooter and has a nice midrange game. He isn't elitely fast, but his overall speed is decent. He often makes freshmen like mistakes though. He's a good all around player but..
Harrow is too small to be very effective at the next level. He also has to be babied to an extent by the coaching staff, which won't cut it in the league. He doesn't have an elite skill to overcome his lack of size and bulk. He won't really have an option as to whether to stay in college or not though. His stock will only drop by staying and getting limited minutes behind the newcomers. I expect an NBA team to give him a tryout, but don't expect him to stick in the league.
I just don't see this guy being in the nba..... I think he does get drafted but wont last long
Ryan has shown some plenty of flashes of being a serviceable NBA PG. Not quite sure about the "freshman mistakes" comment, as Ryan has a very good assist to turnover ratio and his shot selection is one of the best on the team. The hype to start the season was nothing more than the "who is the starting PG for John Calipari's UK team this year." If he wouldn't have missed any time this year, I think his name would still be up near the top of the 2nd round.
With the twins coming to Lexington next year, there is no question that Harrow will probably have to make the decision of entering the 2013 Draft. It wouldn't be an ideal situation for him to return to school, although, if you are a talented player, the NBA guys will still find you, regardless of how much PT you are getting.
The big problem is that Andrew Harrison will be coming to UK next fall and it's a sure fire whether Ryan stays or not that he (Andrew Harrison) will be Coach Cal's starting PG from day 1 unless Harrison goes down with an injury (let's hope that's not the case!). With that said, Ryan Harrow can feel the pressure of making a tough decision to either head into the NBA with a bit uncertainty in the back of his mind, or play back-up to the potential #1 team in the nation next year. Seeing Coach Cal's games, bench players do not play much and Harrow would not play as much as he would like, therefore slowing down his improvement. Harrow's position doesn't look as bright as he hoped for when he transferred to UK. In all honestly I believe he should transfer again somewhere so he can maximize his potential. Either that or he'll play the majority of his rookie year and then some in the D-League like other players that have made premature decisions to jump to the big league, a good example being Cory Joseph of the San Antonio Spurs. The quality of the PGs in the NBA is astonishing. It's a tough life.
If Harrow transfers again that will bring his stock down even further, as it will be obvious he's transffering because of competition(Andrew Harrison) and some believed he left NC State because Lorenzo Brown was going to push him for the starting PG spot, so GM's will think he can't compete and wants everything handed to him and it wont work like that in the NBA.
His best bet is to stay at UK fight for minutes his JR year, work his ass off and then when his senior year rolls around he'd be back starting and have the keys to the team once again and go from there.
"His best bet is to stay at UK fight for minutes his JR year, work his ass off and then when his senior year rolls around he'd be back starting and have the keys to the team once again and go from there."
I agree with everything you said. The problem is, there are so many people that will be in his ear that will advise him against that. The concept is to push these guys to enter the draft, whether they are ready or not is irrelevant. They are basing everything on their potential 2 or 3 years down the road...at which time they may not even be in the league. I am not a believer in staying in school makes you better...but in his case, I think its more of a win for him to come back another one or two years. If he stays for another 2 years, he could have his Master's and still be a potential first round pick. Thats some great insurance for the future.
His one elite skill is his handle....which can afford him plenty of offensive opportunities to score and distribute. His lack of size/strength doesnt allow him to be as effective as he can be. When I heard he was going to UK, I had mixed feelings. I believed that it could be a very marketable situation but a gamble as well being that UK stays stacked with talent.
The general idea and plan was that he come in this year and start off the year strong and that didnt happen due to the illness, then the subsequent time it took him to really get into rhythm. That's where he kinda lost out on the gamble. A strong season from beginning to end was necessary.
This is part of the problem with the game today....kids rushing to get to the NBA. I was thinking about this yesterday on how players come in and play for one or two years and there is a buzz and they make the leap. It is what it is...but nowadays, more is placed on potential than performance. I am sure Harrow was planning on only playing one season at UK before attempting to "cash in", and likely still is.
Talk about rock and a hard place. Ultimately....his best bet is to return to UK next year IMO.
i watch every UK game and ryan harrow is not anywhere close to NBA material. he's incredibly weak and takes off plays from being 'hurt' at least once a game. during the vandy game a phantom elbow forced him to sit on the bench with 20 seconds left in a game where UK was up one point. he couldn't man up for 20 seconds, he cried and sat on the bench. an 82 game season would eat him alive.
He'll probably get a look like Ish Smith
He's nowhere near as fast or quick as Ish Smith, Smith is one of the fastest guards in the NBA, i dont even know if Harrow is one of the fastest guards in college(Siva,Pierre Jackson,Pressey are all faster and quicker).
Smith also had a nasty handle as well.