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 march through the NCAA tournament. Aaron Harrison’s clutch 3-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 were returning for another shot at the title. Last year’s run was special, but we still have unfinished business, Aaron said.
Added Andrew: 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.
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 is facing a one-year ban.
Tennessee released 6-foot-8 forward Phil Cofer from the letter of intent he signed in November.
Connecticut forward DeAndre Daniels has filed the necessary paperwork with the NBA and will forgo his senior season of eligibility, the school said. Also, guard Ryan Boatright will return next season.
In Avondale, La., Ben Martin shot a 5-under 67 to maintain a course-record pace at TPC Louisiana, keeping him atop the leader board through two rounds of the Zurich Classic. Martin shot a course-record 62 Thursday and is at 15-under 129. Andrew Svoboda shot a 68 to remain second at 12 under.
In Shenzhen, China, Alexander Levy of France shot a 10-under 62 to open a four-shot lead after the second round of the China Open.
In Daly City, Calif., Stacy Lewis overcame rain and hail to take the second-round lead in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, shooting her second straight 3-under 69 at Lake Merced. Lewis had a one-stroke lead over 17-year-old playing partner Lydia Ko and first-round leader Karine Icher.
Several Carroll student-athletes will sign with colleges Thursday. Coral Whaley, cross country and track (Tiffin); Marshall Gilbert, soccer (Saint Francis); Troy Wickliffe, soccer (Saint Francis); Bayden Lee, soccer (Adrian); Josh Holmes, track (Indiana Tech); Sarah Pushis, swimming (Purdue); and Erica Hoot, soccer (Trine).
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