Taylor Harrison Dispels Rumors

According to an unsubstantiated report, Taylor Harrison is already in the books as a California commit. However, someone evidently forgot to check with Harrison.

According to an unsubstantiated report, Taylor Harrison has already committed to California. According to Harrison, someone forgot to check with him.

``That's not true," said that 6-9, 235-pound San Clemente High (Calif.) junior. "I haven't committed yet."

``I really like Cal, but I haven't committed," he added. "I'm still in the process of figuring it out and I'm still planning an early decision."

Harrison admitted that the Golden Bears are the favorite, primarily because of his relationship with Cal head coach Ben Braun, and that he is leaning towards committing to the program in the future.

``Cal stands out mainly because they were the one's I've talked to the most and they started recruiting me before the other schools," Harrison said.

The two other schools in the mix are UCLA and Stanford, but Cal is the only one of the trio to put forth a scholarship offer at this time.

``UCLA and Stanford are both recruiting me pretty hard since they heard I committed to Cal," Harrison joked.

The ever-improving Harrison, who plays with the Rockfish in the spring and summer, finished his season averaging 16 points and 9.7 boards per game. He's a player who went from being a clumsy, tall kid to one who has begun to dominate games.

``Before this year, I was never the star of a team," Harrison admitted. "It's always been tough to get my confidence up. When I was 6-8, I was sitting on the bench and that's not a big confidence builder."

But Harrison, who has a 3.6 GPA and is an aspiring musician who actually started up a small recording label called Eclat Records, made major strides last summer – and has continued that development during his junior campaign.

``The first time I really felt comfortable was last summer and spring," Harrison said. "That's when I felt I could play. This year I feel like I need to go out and dominate. I finally feel like I'm better than the guys I'm playing against."


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