Ronnie Harrell will play basketball in Omaha before he enrolls in college, and possibly before he makes his collegiate decision.
Harrell and his teammates from Denver East will travel to town this winter to take on local dynasty Omaha Central. It is possible that Harrell, a 6-foot-7-perimeter player, could have his mind made up before then.
"I want to have it done before, but, I mean, I'm not rushing it or anything" Harrell said when asked if his decision-making process would carry into his senior season of basketball. "I'm just going to decide when I feel like I've found the right school."
Harrell said the right school for him would provide the things he deems important. He's looking for a good relationship with the coaching staff, a place where he would be pushed to reach his potential, and a situation where he will see substantial playing time. The location of the school is not as important to Harrell.
Playing time may not be hard to come by. He already stands a few inches taller than the average shooting guard or small forward, and could grow a couple more inches according to his doctor. It's not just size, however, that has college coaches interested in the three-star wing.
"My strength is shooting," said Harrell. "I'm 6'7", I can pass the ball and I also handle the ball. I think I can create offensively."
Coaches have recently taken notice of the Coloradoan's combination of size and skill. Creighton offered Harrell following the final July recruiting period, when he was playing for Chauncey Billups Elite. Harrell estimates he has around a dozen offers. Arizona State, Kansas State, Purdue and Washington are among the more notable programs to present a scholarship.
The sharpshooter hasn't started taking visits to schools yet, but is already planning a visit to Kansas State. It is possible Harrell could get a closer look at the Bluejays' program when he travels to town for the showdown with Central.
"I might, yeah," said Harrell when asked if he would check out CU while in town with his teammates. "We're only playing Omaha Central and then we're going to be there two or three more days after that without any games."
It would be beneficial for Creighton if the Bluejays were playing in the CenturyLink Center Omaha while Harrell was in town.
"They sell like 17,000 a game, or something like that," said Harrell. "That's pretty cool, considering they're not that far from home either."
Harrell's Size and Skill Garners Attention
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