Aaron and Andrew Harrison won't make their college choice until October 28, their 18th birthday. But the twins from Texas have already become the most-watched members of the recruiting Class of 2013.
On Monday night, the twins led their AAU team, the Houston Defenders, to a 79-66 win over the Baltimore Elite at Baltimore City Community College. Aaron finished with 35 points, while Andrew chipped in with 14 and seven assists.
The Baltimore Sun described the scene:
Pockets of red-clad fans wearing Maryland gear gasped with each Harrison dunk, and cheered on the brothers' Houston Defenders AAU team over the Baltimore Elite. The Defenders secured a 79-66 win at Baltimore City Community College gymnasium.
"If they come, it'll signal the dawn of a possible new era [of Terps basketball],"said Steve Katz, a 53-year-old Maryland alum who showed up Monday night for a glimpse of the Harrisons.
SB Nation's Maryland blog Testudo Times provided their own report.
[Aaron's] range is ridiculous for a high school basketball player and watching him stroke threes was easily worth the $10 price of admission.
According to The Washington Post, the brothers are considering Maryland, Kentucky, Baylor, Villanova, and SMU. While it may be hard for some to resist the power of Coach Cal, the twins' father, Aaron Sr. thinks very highly of current Maryland coach Mark Turgeon.
No factor, however, weighs more heavily than Aaron Sr.'s respect for Turgeon, who has been recruiting Aaron and Andrew since his days at Texas A&M. It dates to Turgeon's treatment of former Aggies recruit Tobi Oyedeji, who died in a car accident in May 2010.
"He did some things behind the scenes that he doesn't want anybody to know. It was really a stand-up kind of moment for me," Aaron Sr. said. "That way I knew, even at A&M, if I sent my kids to him, he would take care of them."
Hold on tight, Terps fans. There are 102 days until October 28, and almost as many twists and turns to come.