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Ryan Harrow opened up -- a little bit -- about last season's struggles with Kentucky.

The point guard, who was inconsistent throughout the year, had to miss games for undisclosed personal reasons and struggled heavily at the end of the season, talked to NBCSports.com about his experiences.

Harrow said that he wasn't asked or forced to leave by Kentucky's staff.

“We got a saying in my family, ‘Family First’,” Harrow said. “We’ve all got that tattooed on us. My dad is the only one in Atlanta, and with the struggles that he’s going through, I just thought that it would be best for me to come back and help him with whatever he needed.”

As for what made him miss those games early in the year, Harrow -- and his new coach, Ron Hunter -- wouldn't go into specifics.

“There’s a lot of things that aren’t reported involved in his personal life, things that most 30 or 40 year old men couldn’t handle,” Hunter said. ”I don’t know if any kid in the country could have gone through those things.”

Whatever the issues, Hunter said he believes Harrow has all the ability to be a top-notch point guard.

And, according to him, Harrow would have shown that with a different supporting cast.

“I tell people this all the time: if Ryan Harrow had played point guard on that team that Marquis Teague was on, he’s not here right now,” Hunter said. “He’s playing in the NBA.”

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