LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky twin freshman guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison will return for a second season to a stocked Wildcats squad coming off an NCAA championship appearance.
Both had been mentioned as possible NBA first-round draft picks after leading Kentucky’s drive through the NCAA tournament. Aaron Harrison’s clutch three-pointers that beat Michigan and Wisconsin and put the Wildcats in the final were set up by feeds from point guard Andrew.
The twins said in a statement through the school they are returning for another shot at the title. “Last year’s run was special, but we still have unfinished business,” Aaron said.
Andrew added: “I’m returning for my sophomore season because I want to win a national title.”
The Harrisons rejoin 7-foot centers Willie Cauley-Stein and Dakari Johnson and forwards Marcus Lee and Alex Poythress in returning to the Wildcats.
Their announcement was eagerly awaited after freshman forward Julius Randle’s decision Tuesday to enter the draft. His was expected along with guard James Young’s declaration last week that he would turn pro.
Failed drug test helps McGary make decision
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan sophomore Mitch McGary is entering the NBA draft, saying he had little choice after testing positive for marijuana during an NCAA tournament he couldn’t play in because of an injured back and because he was facing a one-year ban.
“I am ready to move on to the next stage in my life and enter the NBA draft,” McGary, 6 feet 10 inches, said in a statement released by the school Friday. “Being a part of a program that values integrity, it is important to let everyone know of a poor decision I recently made. I tested positive for marijuana during the NCAA tournament. We were notified of that result after the Final Four. I regret thoroughly disappointing my family, coaches and administration.”
McGary was terrific in the 2013 tournament as a freshman, helping Michigan reach the national title game, where the Wolverines lost to Louisville. He considered jumping to the NBA then but instead came back for his sophomore year and was a preseason All-American.
But McGary played only eight games this season. He was bothered from the start by a back problem and eventually had surgery. He was shut down shortly after a Dec. 14 matchup with Arizona.
McGary averaged only 7.8 points and 6.6 rebounds in his two-year career at Michigan, but his potential is tantalizing. In Michigan’s six NCAA tournament games in 2013, he averaged 14.3 points and 10.7 rebounds.
UConn’s Daniels to go pro; Boatright to stay
STORRS, Conn. — National champion UConn is losing one junior star to the NBA draft, but another says he is staying with the Huskies.
The school said Friday that forward DeAndre Daniels has filed the necessary paperwork with the NBA and will forgo his senior season of eligibility.
It also said that guard Ryan Boatright will return next season.
Daniels said he discussed the decision with his family, and they all agreed it was time to turn pro. He said he had a great career at the school and “to go out on top like we did makes it even better.”
Daniels averaged 13.1 points and 6.0 rebounds during the season, but 16.0 points and 7.2 rebounds during the Huskies’ NCAA tournament run, improving his draft stock along the way.
“I will always bleed blue, I will always love this program,” the 6-9 forward said in a statement. “There have been ups and downs, but it’s been the best three years of my life. Today, when I thought about leaving, I even cried a little bit because I love this school and the friends I’ve made here to death. But I’m excited to follow the dream I’ve had since I was a little kid.”
Coach Kevin Ollie said he supports Daniels’ decision. He said he’s also thrilled to have Boatright returning.