Harrow transferring to Georgia State

Point guard Ryan Harrow is leaving the Kentucky basketball program to transfer to Georgia State and be closer to his father, who suffered a stroke prior to the 2012-13 season.

“Given the health of his dad, we fully support Ryan’s decision to transfer to Georgia State to be closer to his family in Atlanta,” John Calipari said. “Ryan was a vital part of this year’s team and an important player in practice during our 2011-12 national championship run. I want to thank Ryan for his efforts and hard work and wish him the best of luck at Georgia State. I know the Big Blue Nation will keep a close eye on him and wish him well as he continues his basketball career and his pursuit of a college degree.”

Harrow averaged 9.9 points, 2.8 assists and 2.8 rebounds as the Wildcats’ starting point guard after sitting out the 2011-12 season following a transfer from North Carolina State.

Harrow told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he plans to file an appeal with the NCAA to play next year because of the family hardship. If granted, he would have two seasons of eligibility left.

“I really need to be home with him to be closer to him to make sure (my father’s) taken care of,” Harrow said in the AJC story.

Kentucky’s success in 2012-13 depended largely on Harrow. The 6-foot-2 point guard averaged 12.0 points and 3.8 assists in UK wins and 6.5 points and 1.2 assists in the Cats’ losses. Harrow missed four games at the beginning of the season because of an illness and issue with his family.

“I got better (at UK),” Harrow told the AJC. “I built some relationships there. I know next year we would have been really good. It was just real important for me to be with my dad. With him being sick like this, I needed to be there with him.”

If eligible to play next season, Harrow should be an immediate contributor for the Panthers, who went 15-16 this year and will return their top five scorers.