When asked about his decision to commit to Portland State, Harriel said he made a connection with the entire team and coaching staff during his visit. He also said, "Coach Curtis Allen and head coach Ken Bone made a concerted effort to assure me that I was a good fit in the way that they played. They believe in the transition game along with pressing the entire floor and playing hard for 40 minutes."
"Since they are going to lose three seniors at my position, the opportunity to play in my freshmen year excites me. I know they are looking for me to step in and contribute right away," Harriel said.