Harrow: 'I Wanted to Commit'

NC State has been evaluating Ryan Harrow for several months. After the 2010 point guard attended the Wolfpack's recent Elite Camp, Harrow has emerged as a major target.

NC State has been recruiting Ryan Harrow for several months. After the 2010 point guard attended the Wolfpack's recent Elite Camp, Harrow has emerged as a major target.

His week began with a day of action at the Chris Paul Elite Skills Camp, an event he felt he played well in despite having to leave early.

"I thought I did good there the little bit of time I was there," said Harrow. "I only got to play one day. I had to catch a flight back home because there was only one available and I was on standby so when it opened up I had to take it."

After heading back to Georgia for a couple of days, Harrow returned to North Carolina for NC State's Elite Camp.

"I had a lot of fun up at NC State," Harrow stated. "My team wasn't the best there, but we still competed really hard, and I was scoring points, passing, and playing defense. I had a real good camp because I showed them how I could play. I could tell the coaches at State liked how I play."

Harrow must have impressed as the rising junior stated he believed the Wolfpack coaches extended a verbal offer after watching him in action.

"They were just like I want you to come here and the offer is on the table if you want to verbally commit right now," said Harrow. "I don't know if that's official or not but that's what they said to me. It was exciting because I've liked NC State for a while now. I actually wanted to go ahead and commit, but my mom is wanting me to wait a little bit. She wants me to wait and make sure I see what all schools will be on me first. I wanted to commit though."

Joining Harrow in Raleigh was good friend Lorenzo Brown. The Centennial High combo guard is a priority for NC State in the 2009 class.

"Lorenzo is real good," Harrow said. "I think I've been playing with him since I was about six. When you play with him, you don't have to do all the work. You can score and he can get you the ball and then if you want to pass you know you can pass to him because he can score.

"When you play with him, you don't have to do all the work."

"We know each other's games real well. I think it would be good to play with him in college because we've been playing together so long. I think NC State wants both of us to commit to them. I know they are recruiting him like me."

What did Harrow like most about the Wolfpack's Elite Camp?

"I liked being with the coaches," he said. "I like how they always talked about getting better. During all the drills and games, if you messed up they would just keep talking about getting better and learning from your mistakes. They kept telling us to keep playing hard."

NC State established an early relationship with Harrow, and it could pay off. He began his prep career playing at Concord (NC) Cannon School alongside touted 2010 forward Jarell Eddie. The Wolfpack coaches first noticed Harrow while visiting the school to evaluate Eddie.

"State has been on me for a while now," Harrow said. "They ended up seeing me when they came to Cannon School to see Jarell Eddie, and they started recruiting me then. Coach Towe is recruiting me for State. I like him. He's a point guard like me, and he went there like coach Lowe and coach Jackson."

Following the early evaluation, NC State brought him up for an unofficial visit.

"The first time I went to State was for their Red-White Game," said Harrow. "I liked it a lot being there around the coaches and their players."

As a sophomore at Cannon School, Harrow was averaging 16 points and five assists, leading the team in both categories, when in February a personal tragedy ended his season.

"I was playing at Cannon School and then in February my grandmother passed away," he said. "I was in North Carolina living with my sister and after my grandmother passed I wanted to move back home to be with my mom.

"When I got back to Georgia it was too late in the year to play for Walton High School. That is who I will be playing for next year."

"He's a great coach."

Despite missing the rest of his sophomore season, Harrow hasn't been rusty on the AAU traveling circuit. The starting point guard for the 16-under Lou Williams Elite squad, he has started to garner major recruiting interest with his play.

"The colleges recruiting me are NC State, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Georgia, and small colleges like Elon and Davidson," Harrow stated. "NC State and Wake Forest are the two on me the hardest right now. Coach Muse is recruiting me for Wake Forest... I like him. With them, I like the guards that came out of there like Chris Paul... and I like how Ish [Smith] plays."

Harrow didn't hesitate when asked if he had a leader.

"NC State is my favorite," he said. "I like the coaches... I like coach Lowe. He's a great coach. I like how he develops players. He played in the NBA, he coached in the NBA and I want to get to the NBA so I think he can help me get there. And I like the school... I think all-around it is a good place for me.

"I will want to make a decision maybe by the middle of my junior year or the end of my junior year, but if my mom says it's okay for me to go ahead and commit to NC State I'd do that as soon as possible. Whenever she says I can commit I think I'm going to because I like coach Lowe."

The rest of the summer Harrow will be attending various camps and tournaments. He plans on going to the Nike All-American Camp and possibly Reebok U., and he will return to the hardwood with Lou Williams Elite in July.

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