Kentucky guard Ryan Harrow is leaving the Wildcats basketball program. Harrow told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he wants to be near his ailing father, who suffered a stroke before the season, and will transfer to Georgia State.
“I really need to be home with him to be closer to him to make sure he’s taken care of,” Harrow told the AJC.
Harrow’s father lives in College Park, Ga. Playing in Atlanta, Harrow said, would ensure his father is cared for, and would give his father a chance to watch his son play.
Harrow said he will miss Kentucky.
“I got better there,” Harrow said. “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.”
Harrow averaged 9.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists for the Wildcats this year. Harrow told the AJC he will petition the NCAA to play this coming season.
Kentucky Head Coach John Calipari put out this response through an email on Sunday.
“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. 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.”