Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: Ryan Harrow Needs to Be Supported, Not Questioned

Matt OveringContributor IIINovember 21, 2012

LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 05:  Ryan Harrow #12 of the Kentucky Wildcats dribbles the ball during the exhibition game against the Transylvania Pioneers at Rupp Arena on November 5, 2012 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Ryan Harrow, the Kentucky Wildcats' electric point guard, will miss the next two games because of family issues. Per John Calipari's Twitter:


Unfortunately, Ryan left town this morning w/ his mom to tend to an issue w/ his family & we don't expect him back in time for Friday's game

— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) November 21, 2012


Before this statement, it was "flu-like symptoms" that kept Harrow out against Duke on Nov. 13 and Lafayette on Nov. 16. 

The situation is murky; Jon Hood called it a "mystery" (h/t CBS Sports). Everyone around Kentucky basketball wants to know what is going on with Harrow.

But we won't find out, at least not yet. That is how Coach Calipari and Harrow want it.

And we should respect that decision. 

In such a muddled situation, it's clear that Harrow is battling something other than the flu. And while a clarification would be great, it's not time to go asking for one. 

We're outsiders to the situation, and by Hood's comments, the team is as well. We all know something is going on with Harrow, but it is his decision to keep whatever ails him in the dark.

As easy as it would be for Calipari to send out a tweet with a definitive answer, he is doing his best to protect his player, as Gary Parrish of CBS Sports points out.


That's just Cal doing his best to cover for the kid. RT @akelly47: @garyparrishcbs Cal said Harrow left for "family issues." That wrong?

— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) November 21, 2012


Kentucky will be without Harrow for the next two games against Morehead State on Nov. 21 and Long Island on Nov. 23, and I would be shocked to see him playing in Kentucky's next two games against Notre Dame (Nov. 29) and Baylor (Dec. 1).

Harrow may be up for playing basketball by that time, but I doubt Calipari enters him into a game against these tougher opponents. 

With such a young team, chemistry is vital. And these young Wildcats are building chemistry, with or without Harrow in the game or on the sidelines. Playing Harrow after he's been gone for an extended amount of time would likely throw off that balance.

Worst-case scenario? Harrow misses the entire year.

I doubt that is the case, but with such little information, it is a possibility. Julius Mays, Jarrod Polson and Archie Goodwin will commandeer point guard duties in Harrow's absence.

They should do just fine. The worry here shouldn't be whether or not the basketball team can win games without Harrow. We don't know what is going on with Harrow, but now is not the time to prod for questions. The worry should be whether Harrow can get whatever is troubling him worked out.