Catching up with Josh Harrellson

Josh Harrellson is currently in basketball limbo. Harrellson had an outstanding freshman season at Southwestern Illinois College. Harrellson, who enrolled at SWIC after opting not to attend Western Illinois, is seeking a release from the NLI he signed with the school as a senior in high school. What is Harrellson;s status? KSR's Brian Eldridge spoke to SWIC's Jay Harrington to get the scoop.

One of the more talented Junior College players in the nation is Southwestern Illinois College's Josh Harrellson. There has been a lot of talk surrounding him by Wildcat fans. The 6-foot-9 freshman has shown the ability to be a major contributor on the division 1 level.

"Josh is very mobile for 6'9, 255," said Jay Harrington, Southwestern Illinois College's coach. "He's down to 255, but he's been as heavy as 270," he finished. Harrellson definitely has a big body that the Wildcats could use but he's not just a big body.

"He's got great hands and he's a good defender. He's also a really good passer," said Harrington. "He does need work on his post moves." Harrellson scored 14 points per game this season and pulled down 8 rebounds per outing. The numbers aren't eye popping, but there's a reason for that.

"We play ten players. We were a pressing team, but we also set it up in the half court. We're about sharing the ball. We had six guys in double figures," said Harrington. Still Josh did have some explosive games. "Josh had one game where he scored 39 points and another game of 33," Harrington said.

Harrellson helped lead his team to a year long top 20 ranking. They finished the season with 28 wins and five losses. They lost in the regional finals by four points.

After playing so well for a winning team, it's obvious that the attention is very high for Harrellson. But at this time, he's not a recruitable athlete. Harrellson signed with Western Illinois out of high school, but chose to go to Junior College for personal reasons. He must be granted a release before he can be contacted by any other coaches.

"He and his family are working on his eligibility," said Harrington. "He's not a recruitable athlete at any four year school. There are many high level four year schools that are expressing interest in him to me," he continued. "They haven't been in contact with him. It would put the colleges in jeopardy that were interested in him. We didn't want him involved in that," he finished.

Harrington, a Breckinridge County Kentucky native, says that the Wildcats have made contact about Harrellson. "I've talked to coach Gillispie and to Jeremy (Cox) quite a bit," he said.

Harrellson seems to be just another excellent player in a long line of players coached by Harrington. They've recently sent athletes to Indiana, Purdue and Marquette. Another of their players will be attending Minnesota next season. "We've had a long history of really good kids playing here," Harrington finished.


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