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Harrow UK-bound

Ryan Harrow announced via Twitter late Wednesday night that he will transfer to Kentucky.

The former N.C. State point guard chose the Wildcats over Georgia, Texas, St. John's and Louisville. He will sit out the 2011-12 season under the NCAA's transfer rules and be eligible to play for UK as a sophomore in 2012-13.

The 6-foot Harrow averaged 9.3 points and 3.3 assists last season for the Wolfpack. He asked for his release after N.C. State parted ways with coach Sidney Lowe.

Coming out of Marietta (Ga.) Walton High School in 2010, he was a five-star prospect considered by many to be among the nation's Top 25 prospects.

Harrow could be an important part of this year's team despite being ineligible to play for the Wildcats as he'll bring veteran experience and competition against incoming point guard Marquis Teague every day in practice.

His transfer also ensures UK will have some experience on the roster during his first season on the court. The Cats could lose as many as seven players after next season -- seniors Darius Miller and Eloy Vargas, sophomores Doron Lamb and Terrence Jones, and freshmen Anthony Davis, Michael Gilchrist and Teague. The latter five are all projected as NBA Draft picks for 2012.

Harrow technically joins UK's No. 1-ranked 2011 signing class, joining Davis, Gilchrist, Teague and Kyle Wiltjer. The Cats still have two available scholarships for next season, although it appears their recruiting could be wrapped up, with the possible exception of former Wake Forest center Tony Woods.

The Cats have yet to pick up a commitment from a player in the Class of 2012. Conversation will now turn to whether Harrow's transfer will affect UK's standing with combo guards like Rodney Purvis and Shabazz Muhammad.

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