Since taking over as head coach of the Maryland Terrapins basketball team, Mark Turgeon has shown his prowess as an impressive recruiter.
Sadly, he can’t win them all.
This afternoon came the news that two of the best prep basketball recruits in the country-brothers Andrew and Aaron Harrison of Fort Bend, Texas, who were considering the University of Kentucky, SMU, and Maryland as their college choices for 2013-announced that they would play basketball for the University of Kentucky.
Andrew and Aaron, the top-ranked point and shooting guards in the country, announced the decision live at 5;3o PM on TV with family and friends draped around them.
Both Kentucky coach John Calipari, Maryland coach Mark Turgeon, and SMU first-year coach Larry Brown had intensified their efforts to bring the pair into the program, but it ultimately came down to a last-minute decision on the part of the pair.
Turgeon had interactions with the pair’s father, Aaron Harrison Sr, during his time at Texas A&M, and the family had expressed their ultimate respect for Turgeon and the way he carried himself, and some thought that would have tipped the scale in Maryland’s favor.
Harrison Sr. coaches the AAU Houston Defenders team, of which Andrew Harrison had played for at the same time as Terps incoming freshman Shaq Cleare.
Turgeon now will have to look elsewhere to build on a 2013 recruiting class which includes Michigan transfer Evan Smotrycz, and a verbal commit Damonte Dodd, who is attending prep school for 2012.
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