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Zion Harmon says “no big deal” not having UK offer because he’s “blessed” with other great opportunities

Zion Harmon (Ann Beckett/


Louisville coach Chris Mack came to Marshall County Hoopfest last week to watch Marshall County junior point guard play. Auburn coach Bruce Pearl also got another look at Harmon and numerous other college coaches also watched the 5-11 four-star prospect play.

In addition to Louisville and Auburn, he also has offers from Kansas, Maryland, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, LSU, Seton Hall, Stephen Austin, Creighton and Saint Louis.

“Other schools have reached out but I am loyal to my top seven. The only school I added on to it was Maryland because Maryland was my home state. How can you not put your home state on there? And the history behind Maryland is just legendary,” Harmon said.

Kentucky coach John Calipari was at Hoopfest Thursday but not there Friday or Saturday when the top 25 player in the 2021 class played. Harmon had hoped to get a UK offer — he was at Big Blue Madness two years ago — but obviously has given up hope on that happening.

“If they don’t want me, then I don’t really need them,” Harmon said. “It’s not really a big deal. I am on to the next thing and trying to look where I can better my life. It has to be good for both of us or it won’t work, so I am good.

“I feel that I am blessed to have the opportunity and options I have to pick from for college. In the end I will go with the coach that I feel the most comfortable with and I will be committing after the season.”

Harmon will have all the classes he needs to reclassify to the 2020 class if he wants when this semester ends.

“So that option isn’t out the door. It just all depends on how the year goes and the conclusion we come to after the season about college. That’s why I am waiting to make any decision. You don’t wan to close any doors,” Harmon said.

He’s had visits to Western Kentucky, Louisville and Maryland. He will be making one to Kansas.

“I had a great time at Louisville. I really like the atmosphere. It was special,” Harmon said.

He’s known Western Kentucky coach Rick Stansbury longer than any other coach. His first college scholarship came from New Mexico State when he was a seventh-grader but his next offer was from Stansbury.

“It is more like family a environment at Western. Coach Stansbury just makes you feel like you are one of his. The opportunities he talks about are just big. I like Western a whole lot,” Harmon said. “He (Stansbury) has a legendary coaching history that I don’t think a lot of basketball players know about and he shared that with me. I was actually really surprised by it.”

Stansbury’s son was a Bowling Green teammate of Harmon’s when the Purples won the state title in 2017. Harmon says getting to know the family could impact his recruiting.

“Most definitely helps because the coach I am most comfortable with on that floor is going to allow me to make decisions that work for him and to get a national championship I have to have a good relationship off the court, too,” Harmon said. “That definitely plays a part and is probably the No. 1 reason Western Kentucky was on my top seven list because I am so comfortable with him. Then meeting the coaching staff and the environment at Western Kentucky was great.”

He’s intrigued with Seton Hall and a chance to run the offense there but Kansas coach Bill Self has been on him for a long time,

“I ran Bill Self’s offense when I was younger and getting to know him is a blessing and hopefully what he has to offer can supply my needs and I can supply his needs,” Harmon said. “Everyone tells me that Kansas is the best visit, so I am excited for that coming up.

“But I am just blessed to have so many great opportunities in front of me and just have to make sure I make the right choice.”


  1. We need big guys, the last thing we need is another guard in the next two years. It is just a numbers game and if he was 6’11” instead of 5’11”, he would have an offer from UK. In Cal we trust, it is nothing personal.

  2. I am not sure this kid is the right fit for UK, I’ll leave it at that. I just hope he don’t come back and haunt us someday in a game against a future UK opponent.

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