Harold Switches Coasts, Enjoys Success

Hector Harold switched coasts for his junior season. The talented wing transfered to focus on hoops and academics and the move is paying off.

Moving from one coast to another would be tough for any teenager, but Hector Harold, a 6-foot-5 highly touted wing, has handled the move with maturity.

A Los Angeles native, Harold opted to head to nearly 3,000 miles away to Northfield (Mass.) Mount Hermon School to prepare his basketball games and academics for college.

"I'm focused now," Harold told Scout.com. "Back at home I had distractions, but now I'm around guys that live and breathe basketball all day."

"I just kind of wanted to get away from everything," he continued. "Basketball is my first and only love, so I just kind of wanted to focus on it. As far as academics go this school is top of the line too."

But it has still been a tough adjustment for the 2010 prospect, who has only been home twice since the summer.

"I miss my family a lot," Harold said. "They are my support, so I talk to them everyday. I talk to my mom and dad everyday. It's tough. I miss all my family and my cousins, but everybody here has really welcomed me and made me feel comfortable."

According to Harold there is a big difference between the way basketball is played in his new environment.

"The game is a lot more physical out here. Everybody is a year older and more mature. The guys out here are going to the Big East and ACC, versus the Pac-10, which is a more conservative slower game. It's a lot different. I like it though and I think I've adjusted pretty well."

With Harold's help Mount Hermon is 17-4 overall and ranked No. 5 in the latest prep school poll. Harold said he's averaging double figures in points and has spent a considerable amount of time in the weight room.

"I think I'm more of a leader and I'm ready to lead a team," Harold said. "I've also put on a few pounds since I've been out here. I would say my physicality and the way I get to the rim are different. Before I was more of an outside set shooter, but now I'm starting to mix it up a little bit and get to the rim. "

College programs have been taking a peak at Harold since the summer, when he ran with the Pump N' Run Elite squad out of California. Currently he has Stanford, Vanderbilt, Boston College and Minnesota trailing him. But he's still waiting on his first offer.

"I think there are a couple that are talking about it and might do it by the end of the season," he said.

Despite no offers, Harold is already starting to develop strong bonds with a few of the schools. The Commodores have made an impact on his recruitment and they are a school that he's strong considering.

"I think Vanderbilt is a school that I would like to go to," he said. "I know they are interested and I've talked to their coaching staff and they said their recruiting process is really slow. They said they really want to go to know their recruits."

It's still early in the process for Harold, as he doesn't appear to have a timetable. He did, however, mention that academics would factor into his decision.

"I'm just kind of taking it easy. I would prefer a good academic based school that plays in the SEC or the Big East, it doesn't really matter where as long as the academics are up to par with the basketball."

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