Heralded high school basketball standouts
and Andrew Harrison
announced today their intentions of enrolling at the University of Kentucky next year
. The Harrisons, rated by MaxPreps as the top two recruits in their class
, are expected to make an immediate impact at the college level in a possible one-and-done scenario for both players.
Twins — especially ones as talented as the Harrisons — are a crown jewel in the recruiting world, since they generally go to college as a package deal.
In the immediate reaction to their decision, Aaron and Andrew are already being described by recruiting analysts as the most talented twins to ever enter college basketball.
Here at MaxPreps we thought we'd put that theory to the test.
Let's take a look at some other notable duos that made an impact on the court in high school and beyond, and see how the Harrisons measure up. Though some female twins aren't quite as tall as the Harrisons, at least three sets certainly boast numbers and dominating prep careers.The best twin basketball playersJason and Jarron Collins, Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood, Calif.)
The 7-foot Collins twins became Southern California legends while leading the Wolverines to two California Interscholastic Federation titles and a combined 123-10 record over their four years. Jason set the school record for scoring with 2,379 career points, his brother second with 1,677. The big men went on to star at Stanford before joining the NBA, where they both enjoyed lengthy careers. Jarron most recently played in 2011 for the Portland Trail Blazers, while Jason played 30 games last season for the Atlanta Hawks.Dick and Tom Van Arsdale, Manual (Indianapolis)
After making a name for themselves in high school, the Van Arsdales went on to prolific college careers at Indiana University. Both continued to the NBA — Tom to the Detroit Pistons, Dick to the New York Knicks — and they were each named to the All-Rookie team in 1966. The 6-5 guards both finished their careers with the Phoenix Suns in 1977.Robin and Brook Lopez, San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno, Calif.)
Another pair of 7-footers, the Lopez twins starred at San Joaquin Memorial, where they were both selected as McDonald's All-Americans in 2006. Like the Collins twins before them, Robin and Brook went on to play at Stanford, where Brook was named to the All-Pac-10 First Team and All-America Third Team in 2008. Both brothers left school for the NBA after their sophomore year, and Brook has become a centerpiece for the rejuvenated New Jersey Nets franchise while Robin was traded from the Phoenix Suns to the New Orleans Hornets in an offseason three-deal swap that included Jerome Dyson, Brad Miller, Wesley Johnson and Hakim Warrick.
Markieff and Marcus Morris, Prep Charter (Philadelphia)
The Morris twins are most known for their play as Kansas Jayhawks, but before that the 6-foot-10 twins led Prep Charter to back-to-back state titles in 2006 and 2007. Marcus led the team with 21.5 points per game his senior season while his brother was second with 16. In a strange twist of fate the twins were drafted back-to-back in 2011 with Markieff going 13th to the Phoenix Suns and Marcus going 14th, to the Houston Rockets, five minutes later.Carl and Charles Thomas, Everett (Lansing, Mich.)
The Thomas brothers may not be the most famous basketball alumni from Everett (Earvin "Magic" Johnson graduated from the school in 1977), but they were certainly bona fide stars. The 6-foot-4 guards went on to star at Eastern Michigan University before playing professionally. Each had a brief stint in the NBA — Charles played for the Detroit Pistons for one season while Carl played three total seasons for four different teams.Courtney and Ashley Paris, Piedmont (Calif.)
The daughters of former NFL lineman Bubba Paris, the Paris twins dominated California girls basketball from 2000-04, leading Piedmont to three consecutive state titles. Courtney, a 6-3 post, was the more dominating player and she finished off her senior year with a Division IV state record 37 points to go along with 16 rebounds and four blocks in a 60-51 win over La Jolla Country Day and Candice Wiggins. Courtney was a first-team All-American that year and she and Courtney earned full rides to Oklahoma. Ashley, a 6-1 forward, was a more fluid talent and she had 15 points and 10 rebounds in her final game. At Oklahoma, Courtney is the only player in NCAA history, male or female, to have 700 points, 500 rebounds and 100 blocks in a season. She was also the first freshman named to the Associated Press All-American team. The twins each made it to the WNBA and compete in European leagues during the offseason.
Heather and Heidi Burge, Palos Verdes (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.)
The 6-foot-5 Burge sisters made their mark on the Southern California girls basketball scene by leading the Sea Kings to the 1987 3-A championship. The twins finished their high school careers as the top two scorers in school history, with Heather edging out Heidi by less than 200 points. They went on to star at the University of Virginia, leading the team to three Atlantic Coast Conference championships and three NCAA Final Four appearances. Following their college careers, both played briefly in the WNBA.Kelly and Coco Miller, Mayo (Rochester, Minn.)
While in high school, the 5-foot-10 Miller twins led Mayo to a perfect 27-0 record and the Minnesota 4A Championship, but that was just the beginning of their illustrious careers. Kelly and Coco went on to play at the University of Georgia, where they were each named to the All-SEC First Team all four years. Kelly, a two-time SEC Player of the Year, was selected second overall in the 2001 WNBA draft while her sister Coco, who owns the Georgia record for most points scored in a game (45), was taken ninth. The sisters, now 11-year WNBA veterans, most recently played in 2012 — Coco for the Los Angeles Sparks and Kelly for the New York Liberty.