Aaron Malik Harrison (born October 28, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association, (NBA). He was considered one of the top high school recruits in 2013 and played college basketball for the University of Kentucky alongside his twin brother Andrew. Harrison played in both the 2013 Jordan Brand Classic, and the 2013 McDonald's All-American Boys Game.
High school career
Harrison was widely regarded as a top five player in the class of 2013 with Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, and twin brother Andrew. On March 9, 2013, Harrison and his brother, Andrew, helped the Fort Bend Travis Tigers to defeat South Grand Prairie, 46-38 at the Frank Erwin Center on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin to win the Class 5A state title in Texas. They finished #16 in the final ESPN 25 Power Rankings. Fort Bend Travis had lost in the Class 5A state title game the year before to Flower Mound Marcus.
Harrison started at shooting guard in all 40 games for the University of Kentucky during the 2013–14 season, averaging 13.7 points with 42.3% shooting, 35.6% 3-point shooting, and 79% free throw shooting. He scored a career-high 28 points against the Robert Morris Colonials on November 17, 2013 all while shooting a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line. On March 30, 2014, Harrison hit a game-winning 3-point field goal versus the Michigan Wolverines in the regional finals of the 2014 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. On April 5, 2014, Harrison hit a game-winning 3-point field goal versus the Wisconsin Badgers in the semi-finals of the 2014 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. He finished the game with 8 points, all coming in the second half.
On April 9, 2015, Harrison declared for the NBA draft, forgoing his final two years of college eligibility. He was joined alongside his twin brother Andrew and fellow Kentucky teammates Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, Trey Lyles, Devin Booker, and Dakari Johnson.
Charlotte Hornets (2015–present)
After going undrafted in the 2015 NBA draft, Harrison joined the Charlotte Hornets for the 2015 NBA Summer League. On July 14, 2015, he signed with the Hornets. He made his NBA debut on November 20, 2015, recording one rebound in two minutes of action against the Philadelphia 76ers. In the Hornets' regular season finale on April 13, 2016, Harrison had a season-best game with six points and five rebounds in a 117–103 win over the Orlando Magic. During his rookie season, using the flexible assignment rule, Harrison received multiple assignments to the Oklahoma City Blue and the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League.
NBA career statistics
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