By LARRY VAUGHT
Mike Harmon says the plan remains for his son, Marshall County sophomore guard Zion Harmon, to reclassify to the 2020 recruiting class and that he’s on track academically to do that.
“He took extra courses this year,” Mike Harmon said. “We are doing all it takes for him to have the opportunity to reclassify if that is what he wants to do. We will take it year by year based on how he develops.”
Zion Harmon played on Bowling Green’s state championship team as an eighth-grader and led the state in scoring as a freshman at Adair County last season before transferring to Marshall County in June.
He already has scholarship offers from Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Southern Methodist, Stephen Austin and Creighton and has extreme interest from Kansas — where he has made an unofficial visit. He also went to Big Blue Madness at UK last October and Louisville has recently been more involved with him.
Mike Harmon admits “we are still trying to stay in state” to play college basketball and hopes scholarship offers will come from Kentucky and/or Louisville.
“He has a good foundation here,” Mike Harmon said. “That’s why we did not want to go the prep school route. He likes playing in Kentucky. I wanted him to stay in a school system so he can have a normal school life. Whatever God has planned for him, we know it will just make him stronger but we think this move to Marshall County is a great fit for him and will present challenges that give him unique opportunities.”
Harmon averaged 32.7 points per game last season and scored 1,014 points. He now has 1,634 career points and if he plays three more years certainly could challenge the all-time Kentucky high school scoring record of 4,337 points.
He’s playing this summer on the Nike EYBL — the only Kentucky player in the elite circuit — with Brad Beal Elite out of St. Lous and was one of the 18 finalists for the USA Basketball under 17 team but did not make the final cut last month.