San Antonio Spurs 2nd Round Draft Prospect: Andrew Harrison

By George Middleton

Andrew Harrison: 20-years old, Kentucky, Point Guard

Draft Express Measurements: 6″5.5, 213-pounds, 6″9 wingspan

2014-15 Stats: 9.3 points, 2.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 0.2 blocks, 1.0 steals, 38% field goals, 79% free-throws, 38% threes, 25.5 minutes

Quick Season Review: Andrew Harrison was the starting point guard of arguably the best team in NCAA history to not win the NCAA Championship. The Kentucky Wildcats were 38-0 before losing to Wisconsin in the final four. Harrison’s numbers don’t stand out like most prospects, there is a few reasons. One, he was on a team that had bench players that were good enough to start and the second reason, is because he is not the player he was supposed to be coming out of high school. In the 2013 ESPN 100 class, Harrison was the fifth ranked prospect. This season his numbers dipped as did his minutes. Harrison had a solid freshman season, averaging 10.9 points and 4 assists, but he disappointed this year. Like his freshman year, he was inefficient as a sophomore, as he shot 38% from the field. Harrison’s best game of the season came against Georgia, when he went for 23 points and 7 assists.

Strengths: Tremendous size for a point guard with length. High IQ and he doesn’t make many mistakes (1.6 to). Plays at his own pace. Good passer. Improving shooter. Good free-throw shooter. Strong body. Doesn’t shy away from the big moment. Good handle. Quick with the ball.

Weaknesses: Might struggle to defend quick guards, better suited defending shooting guards. Struggles to create his own offense. Inefficient. Lazy at times. Not a good athlete (33-inch vertical). Not a good rebounder. Shows poor bad language at times.

Where He Would Help Spurs?

Andrew Harrison is definitely a gamble, but at nearly the end of the draft it may be worth the risk. Harrison led a terrific Kentucky team and he can be a solid backup guard. Harrison can learn from Tony Parker, who wasn’t a top selection either.

NBA Comparison: Javaris Crittenton

Like Javaris Crittenton, Harrison is a big guard with strength. Crittenton was a better athlete than Harrison is, but Harrison is more of a floor general.

Below is a Andrew Harrison video uploaded by North Dallas.

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