Denver East senior Ronnie Harrell felt at ease after signing his National Letter of Intent to join the Creighton Bluejays next year, but that feeling was soon replaced by a drive to succeed at the collegiate level.
"It felt like relief. Knowing that all the hard work you put in, all the long nights and stuff in the gym, that's all finally paid off," said Harrell. "Then again, it's also motivation because it's just a start, and you still have a whole another journey to start."
Creighton hopes Harrell's collegiate journey will be as successful as his prep career. The 6-foot-7-perimeter player was named a member of the All-Conference team for the Denver Public League in his junior season and was crowned the MVP of the Rocky Mountain All-Star game. Harrell teamed with Colorado signee Dominique Collier and carried Denver East to the state championship game last season. Improving on that finish is on Harrell's to-do list.
"Just to work on my weaknesses, getting stronger," Harrell answered when asked of his goals for his final prep season. "My main one is to win state."
The Angels will rely on the three-star prospect to stretch the floor with his high-level shooting ability and carve up defenses with his ball handling skills, the same tools that have Creighton head coach, Greg McDermott, happy to have his pledge.
"Ronnie has a tremendous skill set with his ability to see the floor and handle the basketball. He has deep range from the perimeter, which will fit our system well," said McDermott in a release.
The Coloradoan was able to catch the Jays' victory over Kansas City on Monday evening. The 96-70 win, which saw the Jays attempt 28 shots from behind the arc, left the wing anxious to join the fast, high-powered attack.
"It's definitely exciting," Harrell said. "Just seeing the style of play, how they get up and down the court, shoot a lot of threes, I think I will be able to thrive in that new offense."
Manvel High's Leon Gilmore joined Harrell in the Jays' 2014 class on Wednesday, inking his LOI from Texas. Gilmore, like Harrell, stands 6'7" and has a wide array of skills.
"Leon is a versatile player that can pass, handle and shoot the basketball. His length and athletic ability will allow us to play him at several positions," McDermott said. "He competes on both ends of the floor and has tremendous potential."
With presumably one scholarship still unaccounted for next season, Coach McDermott and staff will have an array of options thanks to the versatility of Harrell and Gilmore. Coach McDermott detailed what made his staff so high on the two guys set to join his program next summer, and what they might look for in other recruits.
They both exemplify the qualities that we looked for as we move forward into the Big East Conference," said McDermott. "Each young man comes from a tremendous family, possesses high level of character, and is a quality student-athlete that compete for well-respected high school basketball programs. "
Harrell At Ease and Driven After Signing
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