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Kentucky's Harrisons awaiting NBA feedback before making monumental decision

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) - The father of Kentucky Wildcats freshmen guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison told FOX 26 Sports on Saturday the family is waiting for feedback from the NBA before making a decision on whether the two will make themselves available for the NBA Draft or stay in college.

If the Harrisons, who are former stars at Fort Bend Travis High School, are headed to the NBA they must let the league know by April 27.

"I just sent the paperwork in two or three days ago," said Aaron Harrison Sr. "I talked to a gentleman at the NBA and he said he would get it to me as fast as possible and then we'll go from there. 

"It's important. You're trying to find out what the prospects are for them and where they'll be drafted and all those things." 

The family's decision is a work-in-progress.

"We are probably midway," said Aaron Harrison Sr. We got to make a decision here in the next six or seven days anyway, but we've sat down and had one or two conversations about it and had some prayer about it, but that's pretty much where we're at. 

"They're not leaning either way."

His sons said they are happy and proud to have such great options.

"I think I'm blessed either way, just to be in this situation, to be able to go the NBA or go back to a great university," Aaron Harrison said. 

"So I'm just blessed. I just got to take out all of the options and keep thinking about it." 

His brother agreed.

"Just keep praying about it," Andrew Harrison said. "Just to be thankful that I'm in this situation, being able to go back to school or try to go in the draft. It's something to be happy about."

Both of the Harrisons know they are facing a difficult decision.

"It's basically my career really," Aaron Harrison said. "Don't leave anything out. Think about all the angles and everything that goes into it and just try to make the best choice for your family."

Andrew is taking the same approach.

"It's tough," Andrew Harrison said. "You got to keep praying on it and just keep talking with your family and see what's the best thing for you and your family."

The Harrisons will never forget being keys to Kentucky's run to the NCAA Championship game before losing to UCONN, no matter what the future holds.

"Of course we didn't end it like we wanted it to." Andrew Harrison said. "The run we had, it was amazing. It was like no other really. It was one of the best times of my life in the tournament, just having a great time with my teammates."

When reflecting on what his sons and Kentucky went through from start to finish, Aaron Harrison Sr. admitted in the beginning he did not think the Wildcats would have as much success as they did.

"I'll tell you what, the rough start that they had to the year, I didn't think they would get that far, I'll tell you that," said Aaron Harrison Sr.

"At the end of the year they came on and played like the expectations were and to make it to the final game as freshmen and not just that, they don't have any upper classmen on their team that got any minutes at all. To play with two sophomores and six-seven freshmen, that's pretty good."

The two brothers acknowledged the lure of returning to Kentucky to help the Wildcats win a championship is powerful.

"Yea, that's a factor, but I think that it's more about us personally and not about winning a ring or anything like that. 

"It's just more personal, because it's my career. It's my life."

Andrew has a similar mindset.

"If you go back to school you want to become a better player and if you go to the NBA that means you think you're ready to go and play," Andrew Harrison said. "So it's what you think of yourself and how NBA teams think of you."

Aaron Harrison hit a pair of game-winning buckets that were critical to the Wildcats' success in the NCAA Tournament.

"It was great," Aaron Harrison said. "Just the things we overcame. We just went through so much this year as a team and how we prospered at the end and came together. 

"Even though it didn't end like we wanted it to, we still had an amazing season. It was a great story."

And Aaron and Andrew Harrison's story is far from over.

It is now just a question of location.
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