BYU Eyes Sooner State Prospect

It's never too early to start looking at next year's recruiting class. Even though the 2005 basketball recruits won't even be signing letters of intent until next month, BYU is already hot on the trail of potential players who won't sign until April 2006.

One prospect that is sure to garner quite a bit of attention – in fact he already has – is Noah Harstock of Bartlesville High School in Oklahoma. The 6'8" and 200-pounds forward, who is LDS, just completed a very successful junior season.

"We lost by three in the championship," he said. "We went 25-3. I averaged about 20 points and 10 rebounds."

Harstock was also named to the all-state tournament first team. His high school competes at the 6A level in Oklahoma, which is for the largest schools, although Bartlesville is one of the smaller schools in 6A ball.

While his high school season has finished, Harstock will continue playing basketball with an Adidas team. Last year the "Oklahoma Pump and Run" traveled across the country, playing games in Florida, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Harstock thought they would make similar trips this year as well.

He has not received any offers yet, but said that schools, in addition to BYU, that have shown interest include: Colorado State, Florida, Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Valparaiso, and Wichita State. BYU assistant coach John Wardenburg has already been out to see Harstock play in person.

Harstock also said that he carries a 3.8 GPA, so grades won't be a problem. He plans on taking the SAT's this spring. He is also planning to serve a mission. He has family in Utah, with a brother attending the University of Utah and a brother and sister at BYU. He is far from making his decision on where to play.

"My interest [in BYU] is probably in between medium and high," he said. "But, I might also be looking at staying close to home."

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