CMU Hoops Eyes Traverse City Standout

A generation ago, Traverse City (Mich.) Central High School sent the Central Michigan University basketball program one of its all-time greats in Dan Majerle. The Trojans might very well be sending the Chippewas another fine player next season.

Central Michigan signed point guard Jordan Bitzer of Unionville (Mich.) Sebewaing Area High School during the early signing period last November.

If CMU head coach Jay Smith has his way, Bitzer will be joined in the Chippewas 2006 recruiting class by preferred walk-on guard Robbie Harman (5-11, 170) of Traverse City (Mich.) Central High School.

"I'm 99.9 percent sure Robbie is going to CMU," Traverse City Central head coach Jon Constant said. "He had a very good visit (to CMU) Monday and will announce his decision next Monday at a press conference."

A four-year varsity starter for the Trojans and two-time Big North Conference Player of the Year, Harman is a special player according to Constant.

"In my 22 years here, he's the only one who played four years on the varsity," said Constant, who was CMU Hall of Famer and NBA star Dan Majerle's junior varsity coach at then Traverse City High School. "Robbie is a player who sets high goals, he wants to play in the MAC (Mid-American Conference).

"He's very quick," Constant added. "He can run the offense and he can score."

This season Harman averaged 20 points, five rebounds and 5.5 assists per game in leading the Trojans to a 12-12 record and a Class A (big school) district championship. Harman shot 40 percent from beyond the arc and 85 percent from the free throw line.

Constant said Smith likes Harman's work ethic, his great attitude and the fact that he is a complete player.

"Robbie is a throwback," Constant said. "Obviously, Dan and Robbie are two kids from this program who have great focus and great drive."

Constant said Harman will reveal his college choice during a Monday press conference at TCC High School. A great all-around athlete, Harman is being recruited by a number of Division I and II colleges for basketball and/or baseball.


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