Harden starting to make a name

James Harden is not getting a lot of attention right now. That should change. Harden is a 6-5 wing that is only starting to scratch the surface of his game.

Right now Harden is a player that is trying to get noticed. This past weekend at Pangos he started to do just that. He showed that he was a long, versatile wing that could score inside and out. Right now he's best at taking defenders off the dribble and scoring at the rim.

In the top-45 game he scored eight points on 3-5 shooting, despite playing less than a third of the game.

Right now he is not getting a lot of attention.

"I'm not really getting recruited right now, at least not heavily," Harden said. "I do have some colleges looking at me, but not that much."

Right now his favorites are Georgia Tech, UCLA and Arizona.

His AAU coaches feel he can be a high major prospect for the 2007 class.

"He's got Pac-10 talent," said Brian Kennebrew, his coach with RBC West. "He can play."

He started for a good Artesia squad in the Los Angeles area and averaged 12.3 ppg and 3.1 apg on a team that also featured guards Malik Story and Derek Glasser.

He compares himself to Detroit Piston Tayshaun Prince, although the 6-5 guard is not as tall or as long as the former Kentucky great.

"I'm a rebounder, I can score when I need to, I can guard the best player on the other team," Harden explained. "I can do whatever a coach needs me to do."

To get noticed he'll need to improve several aspects of his game. Despite being a solid ball handler, he wants to get better with his handle. He also feels that he needs to hit the glass even more.

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