"I don't know if they're afraid but they respect what he can do," NE coach Danny Ward said. "
Harrell's sophomore year is his first on varsity. He got the mid-season call-up to the varsity as a freshman but the circumstances were different.
"Last year when I brought him up I brought him up as role player and he did some good things for us. I brought him in to be a role player to rebound and play defense but he ended up being a scorer for us."
This season, it's Harrell's team. He's vocal with his teammates. Like any big guy, the attention from small guards surrounding him and hawking the ball when he touches it can be frustrating. Getting entry feeds wasn't something North Edgecombe did well against Rocky Mount Prep but managed to win 54-46 behind Harrell's 27-point, 16-rebound, 10-block performance.
On Thursday, had had four dunks, went' 1-for-2 from mid-range and corralled nearly every tough rebound he could get his hands on. He's been blessed with long arms, which could allow him to play bigger than his current height. He's got the rebounding motor of P.J. Tucker, a former Texas and Raleigh Enloe standout.
In the meantime, Harrell, who turned 16 this week, will continue his business of blocking shots and intimidating opponents.