Tag:Ryan Harrow
Posted on: May 25, 2011 11:07 pm

Kentucky goes transfer route, gets Ryan Harrow

Posted by Jeff Borzello

John Calipari has been dominating the recruiting trail with high school players for several years. On Wednesday, he changed course a little bit, nabbing perhaps the most sought-after transfer in the country.

As first reported by Jerry Meyer of Rivals.com, North Carolina State transfer Ryan Harrow announced he was heading to Kentucky.

“I just felt like they had everything I needed as far as me getting better and me reaching my ultimate goals,” Harrow told Evan Daniels of Scout.com.

Harrow, a 6-0 point guard from Georgia, chose the Wildcats over Texas, Louisville and Georgia.

Calipari has recruited arguably the best point guard in each of the last three classes, from John Wall to Brandon Knight to Marquis Teague. That doesn’t count Derrick Rose back in 2007.

With a weak class of point guards in the class of 2012, Harrow could be better than anyone at his position in the high school ranks. If Teague leaves after one season in Lexington, Harrow has the ability to immediately step into the starting lineup and be a factor in the SEC. 

Harrow averaged 9.3 points and 3.3 assists during his freshman season in Raleigh. He will sit out next season due to NCAA transfer regulations, but will have three years of eligibility at Kentucky.

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Posted on: May 13, 2011 4:35 pm
Edited on: May 13, 2011 4:39 pm

Recruiting Notebook: Thornwell on the rise

Posted by Jeff Borzello

The class of 2013 is going to be known for its depth at the wing position, and one player making his way up the rankings is Sindarius Thornwell.

Thornwell, a 6-foot-4 sophomore from Lancaster (S.C.), makes an immediate impact because of his length and athleticism. He handles the ball and distributes well for someone his size, and is also adept at finishing.

“I’m quick and I can handle the ball,” Thornwell said. “I’m always attacking and I play defense.”

Plenty of colleges have taken notice of the versatile 2013 prospect.

Thornwell currently holds offers from South Carolina, Clemson, Tennessee State, Georgia Southern and Charlotte. He also has interest from Louisville, UCF and the entire ACC besides North Carolina and Duke.

Thornwell, who has visited Clemson and South Carolina, knows exactly what he needs in a school.

“I’m looking for playing style, good academics and playing time,” he said. “That’s it.”

2013 big man looking to improve

Most 6-foot-10 sophomores can get by on size and length alone. Andre Walker, on the other hand, is constantly looking to get better.

As it stands, he is a talented but raw big man who can run the floor and finish after he catches it.

“I need to make strong moves and play better defense,” Walker said. “I need to get better, get stronger. I also want to work on my perimeter game. I’m working hard.”

The Clarksburg (Md.) native is hearing from DePaul, Washington State, VCU, Northwestern, George Mason and Maryland.

Whitfield transfers to team with Tyler Lewis

North Carolina is loaded with prospects in the class of 2012. One player flying under the radar is Shane Whitfield, a 6-foot-5 forward.

In an attempt to make a name for himself, Whitfield is transferring next year to Forsyth Country Day School (N.C.). There, he will team up with North Carolina State commit Tyler Lewis in hopes of increasing his recruitment.

“It’s better competition,” Whitfield said. “I want to get better everyday.”

Right now, Whitfield has offers from Delaware, American, Campbell and Holy Cross, with interest from Richmond, Charlotte and East Carolina.

Other notes:

- A Texas team in need of impact players could pick up one this weekend. Recently available Sterling Gibbs and North Carolina State transfer Ryan Harrow are both visiting Austin this weekend.

- Unsigned 2011 center Daouda Soumaoro is currently on an official visit to Washington. Soumaoro took a trip to St. John’s recently, and said he enjoyed it.

- Top-50 2012 forward Ricardo Gathers is taking an unofficial visit to St. John’s this weekend. The Louisiana native also wants to take a trip to Florida.

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Posted on: April 27, 2011 12:58 pm

Could Ole Miss guard help out at N.C. State?

trevor gaskins crosses himself overPosted by Eric Angevine

Gary Parrish reported today that starting point guard Ryan Harrow will leave N.C. State after one season rather than play for new coach Mark Gottfried. The news was not unexpected, but it's a little bit surprising that Harrow waited so long to announce that he'd transfer, and never threw his name into the NBA hat, to at least gauge his options on that front.

Regardless of the mechanics of it all, the Wolfpack now look to 2011-12 with rising sophomore Lorenzo Brown as the main option at lead guard. Brett Friedlander of the Wilmington Star-News points out that Brown - who is not afraid to drive to the hoop and make plays - is actually very effective with the ball in his hands, but won't be able to handle the load alone.

With Brown and top forward C.J. Williams still, as of this writing, scheduled to stay in Raleigh, Gottfried has talented players to work with. Finding enough backcourt players to keep the offense running smoothly becomes a real priority of the rebuilding process the former Alabama coach has undertaken at N.C. State.

The long-term future of the point guard position seemed locked up a couple of weeks ago, when Iowa transfer Cully Payne seemed to hint that he'd join Gottfried. The Midwest native opted instead to stay near home and attend Loyola, and he still would have had to sit out a year had he chosen the Pack, so the short-term problem (which Gottfried must have seen coming) persists.

Gottfried can look to the junior college ranks, which might be a perfect option for the short-term backup position. However, an intriguing option exists in the form of two Ole Miss grads who still have some time remaining on their collegiate odometers. Trevor Gaskins and Will Bogan have both completed their undergraduate careers at Mississippi, and are looking to transfer and play a final season elsewhere. As we saw with Justin Knox at UNC and John Fields at Tennessee, graduating players with eligibility left can transfer and play immediately, as long as lip service is paid to the notion of finding a graduate course of study that is technically not available at the player's original school. Dress it up as an academic decision, and mum's the word.

Honestly, neither player is a star. That's why they're leaving Ole Miss. They would, however, provide experienced backcourt depth, and that's something the Pack desperately needs right now. Of the two, Gaskins is the better option. He averaged 20 minutes, six points and two assists per game as a junior in Oxford, and hit a solid 37 percent of his deep shots during that time. Bogan played in just 13 games and racked up plenty of DNPs late in the season, and seems more likely to end up at a lower-profile program.

One-year rentals like Knox and Fields don't usually end up being big additions to their new teams. They do, however, provide solid additions to the depth chart without forcing inexperienced players to do too much too soon. It might behoove Gottfried to at least bring Gaskins in for a look and see if he'd be a nice fit. There's nothing to lose and plenty to gain.

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