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Andrew Harrison Discusses Continued Growth In NBA D-League

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Andrew Harrison discusses his progression on his three-point shooting and more.

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While Andrew Harrison is a product of Texas, the state he was born in, he is widely known for his two-year stint at Kentucky. During his collegiate years, he was apart of two teams that made consecutive Final Four appearances. During his sophomore season, the Wildcats went rampant in the NCAA. The team won 38 straight games before falling to the Wisconsin Badgers in the Final Four. In that game, the San Antonio native scored 13 points and dished out four assists.

While at Kentucky, Harrison played under John Calipari; a coach who has coached great talent over the past two decades. During those two years under Calipari, there were a few things the 6'5" guard learned under Calipari. "You definitely take some stuff, especially off the court; the way you just carry yourself and the way you have to handle everything," Andrew Harrison told

Following two seasons at Kentucky, Andrew Harrison was drafted in the second-round, forty-fourth overall, by the Phoenix Suns. Shortly after, his draft rights were traded to the Memphis Grizzles. After spending the Summer League with the Grizzles, he was acquired by the Iowa Energy, Memphis' D-League affiliate.

Harrison has made progression in his first season of professional basketball. The former Kentucky Wildcat has seen an increase in points per game (14.2 to 22.7), field goal percentage (40% to 48.9%), and free throw percentage (60% to 78%) from November to February. Along with that, he has improved his shooting from beyond the arc. "We have a great coaching staff," Harrison said. "They help me work out whatever I need to, so I'm enjoying getting better." While Harrison was not much of a three-point shooter in college, he has been on a recent streak. In February, the Energy guard has shot 44.8 percent from downtown.

Even though Iowa has not had much success this season, Harrison has shown the talent he possess. Not only did the former Wildcat perform well during the D-League Showcase, where he averaged 13.0 points, 7.0 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game during those two games, but the Energy won both contests.

Andrew Harrison totaled 20 points, nine assists, six rebounds, and two steals in a win against the Santa Cruz Warriors.

Even though Harrison has made strides in each month, he still has a goal in mind. "Of course this is not, or I don't want this to be, like the final destination for me and I have bigger dreams," Harrison said. "I'm just thankful for the road I've taken right now and just happy." Over the course of the season, Andrew Harrison has been spotted on the D-League Prospect Watch on multiple occasions.

Throughout the season, Andrew Harrison has continued his development as a player. During his collegiate years, he played alongside other talented players, so it was difficult to get extended playing time. With Iowa, Harrison has received additional playing time, which he is taking advantage of. If Andrew Harrison can continue his development in Iowa, his huge dream will be achieved.