The rising senior for Georgia power Pebblebrook High showed the point guard tools that allowed him to average 21 points and seven assists per game for a team that reached the state championship game last season.
“The summer is going well,” Harper told Inside the Auburn Tigers after making a series of good passes, three-point shots and steals as his Pebblebrook team easily defeated another team from Georgia, Sandy Creek High School.
“I have played a lot of games with my (AAU) team, the Georgia Stars, and we are playing well,” he said. “We have the Peach Jam coming up on July 8th and we will be competing for the title.”At the Auburn camp he competed with his high school team and Harper noted it is important for the group to make early strides in the rebuilding process.
“Last year we lost in the state championship game,” he said. “We lost eight people from that team so we have a lot of new people, including a couple of transfers. We are trying to get that chemistry together to make another run to the state title.”
Harper has good quickness and his ball-handling skills are one of his strengths.
Harper said winning a state championship is a primary goal for his senior season, but he has others.
“I want to be a finalist for Georgia Player of the Year,” he said.
“I want to lead my team because we have a lot of young guys who will be coming after me like my little brother, who is an incoming freshmen,” he noted. “We have a couple of other sophomores who are good I am just going to try to lead them so they can carry on after I am gone.”
Asked if there are skills he is focusing on this summer to improve as a basketball player, Harper said, “I want to get better for my freshman year of college. I want to get stronger to be able to play against the more physical guards--the seniors I might play against next year who are older and bigger. I want to be just as strong as them and as quick and as fast. I want to be just as smart as them with IQ so I will be able to play with them as a freshman.”
An honor student at Pebblebrook High, Harper said he is looking forward to playing collegiately at Auburn. “I am 100 percent committed,” he said.