Phog First Look: D'Angelo Harrison

We profiled his running mate, 2012 forward Wannah Bail, yesterday, but today we got to see just what 2011 Houston guard D'Angelo Harrison is all about.

For Kansas fans, Harrison's name is a new one, but it isn't new to the KU staff. It turns out that D'Angelo Harrison attended the Kansas Elite Camp last month and. judging by what we saw this morning, we can only assume he was impressive.

In the morning playoff game against a disciplined KC Pump N Run squad, D'Angelo Harrison put his team entirely on his back to the tune of 47 points. Through an array of crossovers, spins, jumpers, and finishes at the rim, Harrison made a valiant effort to win the game. Unfortunately, opposite of Harrison was KC's Corey Hilliard, who was equally brilliant in leading KC to the 1-point victory.

Despite the loss, Harrison was impressive and showed why he'll be a coveted prospect going into his senior year. He possesses a full arsenal on offense, using his athleticism and ball-handling to create opportunities at will. He's not really a PG going to the next level, but he'll be a scoring guard capable of handling some PG duties from time to time at whichever program he chooses. At 6'3, he has good size for the position and his jumper is solid, though he can certainly be streaky. He finishes well at the rim, even through contact, and also showed a few midrange jumpers to tantalize the throng of high-major coaches in attendance.

Defensively, Harrison plays with quick feet and long arms, even though he's not the most fundamentally sound defensive guard. He has good instincts on that end, though, which helps him come up with quite a few loose balls and tipped passes. He's not much of a rebounder for the All Stars, but he's also the only PG and rarely was inside the paint long enough to fight for a board. He does have a tendency to overplay – especially when his emotions are running high – but a good coach will certainly be able to turn that into an asset down the road.

The next step for Harrison will be corralling his emotions and intensity – at times, he plays with a fire that is the definition of "white hot" - and learning to funnel those emotions into steadier and more consistent play.

That being said, Harrison has all the tools to be a fantastic shooting guard on the next level and will be a name for Jayhawk fans to monitor over the next 6-8 months.

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