By LARRY VAUGHT
PADUCAH — Zion Harmon knows a lot of people are looking forward to seeing him play against Bowling Green Sunday.
Harmon is now a freshman at Adair County after helping Bowling Green win the state high school championship last year as an eighth-grade point guard.
The teams play Sunday at 2 p.m. CST in the McCracken County Mustang Madness.
“I know everybody on the other team. The last time I went to see them play we were talking about this game and saying it would be a fun game,” said Harmon here Saturday. “I just think the better team will win. There should be a lot of people there because they know that is my old school.”
Harmon is averaging 32.2 points per game and shooting 53.7 percent from the field and 89.7 percent at the foul line. He’s 43 of 112 from 3-point range — a 38 percent mark.
Adair (7-6) is coming off a 78-65 win over Barren County Friday where Harmon had 11 assists. Bowling Green is 10-6 and lost 68-64 to Barren on Tuesday.
“I am still cool with all of them (at Bowling Green). It’s going to be fun,” Harmon said.
He also had fun Saturday participating in the Glory Gear Productions clinic at Heath Middle School. His father, Mike, and brother, Zalmico, were part of the clinic along with Greg Keown, another skills trainer. Gary Trent Sr., a former NBA player, also was part of the skills development staff.
The clinic was held in conjunction with the Grind Session going on at McCracken County High School. It was the first clinic of its type with Mike Harmon and Gary Trent working together.
Kyree Walker, the top-ranked point guard in the 2020 class, of Hillcrest Prep and 6-8 guard Antavion Collum, another top 100 player, of Tennessee Prep also helped.
“It was great. I always love giving back to people I know that could be next coming up. I always like giving all the glory to God after I give back because that is in his will for his to do and not only think about ourselves, but think about others,” Zion Harmon said.
He led the clinic participants in doing drills he said his father and brother had him doing when he was 5 years old and already playing against older players.
“I always had to be smart about the game. I wasn’t the fastest or the most athletic but we were always in the gym or out in the hot sun or if it was snowing we would shovel the court so we could always get some type of work in,” Harmon said. “I was always doing stuff the right way and having integrity as he (my dad) liked to emphasize. Always do it the right way and you are doing it for God and not for men.”