Harwell Has 2 Teams On Top For Now

To say Malek Harwell has his hands full with hopeful college suitors is a bit of an understatement. The Pocatello Century junior combo guard keeps adding teams to the lists of schools which have already offered or are showing interest. But it may be an Idaho team that carries the most sway with him.

Harwell is thinking hard about Boise State, in no small part because of effort the Broncos are putting out to let him know they want him and the chance to play meaningful minutes early in his collegiate career.

"I'd like to play for Boise a lot," said the 6'4" 180-pound Harwell, who can play shooting guard, but feels most comfortable with the ball in his hands. "They're on my list. I talked with Coach (Leon) Rice and he said I could come in and start right away.

"If I had to choose today, it'd be between Boise and Lehigh because of how hard both of them have recruited me so far."

Lehigh is just one of the schools competing with Boise for Harwell's services. Weber State, Toledo, Loyola Marymount, San Francisco and Utah State have also offered to Harwell, whose AAU team is the Utah Pump N' Run out of Salt Lake City. He's also drawing interest from Gonzaga, Colorado, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Saint Mary's, Arizona State and Idaho.

"I haven't talked to any school as much as Boise," said Harwell, who's been contacted by both Rice and associate head coach Jeff Linder. "They've really been putting in the effort."

In his junior season, Harwell utilized his 6'7" wingspan and quick first step to average 21 points per game as he guided the Diamondbacks to the IHSAA -4A championship game. He was named to the 4A All-State Team and Idaho State Journal boys basketball Player of the Year.

As for the future, Harwell first has his sights set on a return trip to the 4A championship game, then a fruitful few years in college.

"I want to come in and make a big impact," he said. "Hopefully, I can start right away and then we try to get to a national championship; at least a shot in the NCAA tournament. I'm considering staying two, three years. I'd love to win a bunch while I'm there."

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