-Excellent size for a point guard/combo guard
-Very strong frame (weighed at 214 pounds)
-Uncanny knack for creating offense with the ball in his hands
-Extremely advanced instincts for scoring, creating
-Tremendous finisher around the basket. Bounces off opponents, finishes through contact.
-Dribbles and finishes with both hands
-Very good in transition
-Terrific full-court passes
-Can make shots off the dribble and with range, in impressive fashion
-Good potential on defense when locked in.
-Relies too much on strength at times simply trying to bully his way to the basket. May need to adapt style somewhat against older, more physically mature players
-Outside shot prone to streakiness
-Needs to improve ability to play without the ball
-Gets tunnel vision. Overdribbles excessively. Loose with the ball. Forces issue. Very turnover prone at times
-Up and down with energy level
-Doesn't always compete on defense. Lets previous play affect him. Fails to get back.
-Body language can be very poor. Complains to teammates, referees. Needs to do a better job dealing with adversity.
Arguably the most talented guard in all of high school basketball. Top-shelf NBA prospect. Will be a game-changer from day one in college. Needs to improve in the areas most superstar prep players do as the competition stiffens. Has had a lot of attention come his way from a very young age. Can't let that go to his head at this early stage of his development. Needs to find a real position? If he's a point guard, will need to improve playmaking ability creating offense for teammates. If he's a shooting guard, must improve ability to play off the ball.
[Read Full Article] USA Basketball U18 Tryouts Report June 6, 2012 While this team is clearly loaded with talented ball-handlers and scorers, this group is still very much looking for a player to emerge as a leader and floor general at the point guard position. Combo guards Andrew Harrison and Rodney Purvis have taken turns showing their phenomenal ability to create high percentage shots for themselves around the rim in both half-court and transition situations, but are still more comfortable creating shots for themselves rather than for teammates and haven't developed the leadership skills needed to command the respect of the group. The play of more traditional point guards Nate Britt, Ryan Arcidiacono, James Robinson and Kris Dunn have been inconsistent at best, and very turnover prone at worst.
Andrew Harrison would be our guess as to who ultimately takes the helm based on natural talent alone. His combination of size, strength and creativity are unmatched in this age group, and would be an extremely difficult matchup for any FIBA Americas opponent to match up with. Harrison can get to the rim with ease and finishes extremely well, while also possessing the ability to create for others in drive and dish fashion.
Like all young players, he has a tendency to pound the ball excessively at times and force the issue, but the bigger concern for him long-term would be how he deals with adversity. He's easily distracted by turnovers he commits or “missed calls” from the referees. His body language can be quite poor at times, especially with the way he tends to stare down the zebras when they refuse to blow the whistle and give him “superstar calls”. He loses his focus on defense quite easily and tends to go through the motions somewhat when things aren't going his way, jogging back lackadaisically on defense for example.
This may seem like an unduly harsh assessment considering how young he is, but he really is a special talent and there's little doubt that he will be drawing more and more attention to himself as time goes by with these types of antics. We talked to Harrison about this topic, and he didn't seem to be overly concerned long-term:
adidas Nations: The Best of the Rest September 27, 2011 Jonathan Givony
One of the most talented players seen at the adidas Nations regardless of class, there is very little doubt that we'll be writing plenty more about Andrew Harrison (#4 Scout, #1 Rivals, #4 ESPN) in the years to come.
A 6-5 point guard in the Tyreke Evans mold, Harrison has terrific size and strength for his position, and is an extremely fluid and shifty athlete.
First and foremost an outstanding slasher, Harrison has a knack for getting to the basket almost whenever he pleases. He has a great first step and terrific timing on his drives, utilizing crossovers, change of speeds and simply overpowering opponents with his strength, allowing him to make a living at the free throw line. Once at the basket, he finishes with either hand, often through contact, and will at times go up and finish above the rim impressively, even if he's not what you'd call an incredibly explosive leaper.
Not quite as much of a sharpshooter as his twin brother Aaron, Andrew can nevertheless make shots with his feet set or off the dribble, particularly in the mid-range area.
Also capable of finding the open man, Harrison has good court vision and is willing to hit the open man, leading you to believe that his future is indeed at the point despite the fact that in terms of size, he'd have no problem operating as a shooting guard. With that said, at times he does have a tendency to pound the ball a bit and stop the flow of the offense, so continuing to expand his knowledge of the game and improve his decision making will help him as he gets older and the competition stiffens.
Showing just average intensity on the defensive end, Harrison has the physical tools to be very effective on this end of the floor, something that will likely be emphasized more at the college level.
While obviously still very early in his career, there's a lot to be excited about in regards to Harrison's future. If he continues to work on his game and manages to stay humble with all the attention that will inevitably come his way, he has a chance to develop into a special prospect. [Read Full Article] adidas Nations Highlights and Interview: Aaron and Andrew Harrison August 16, 2011 A video profile featuring top-10 ranked 2013 prospects Aaron (blue jacket, #29) and Andrew Harrison (white t-shirt, #30) from the adidas Nations Experience in Los Angeles.