Harrow Battling Through Injury

NC State verbal commitment Ryan Harrow represented the United States in the 23rd World Juniors Basketball Tournament in Douai, France, but the trip didn't go smoothly for Harrow.

NC State verbal commitment Ryan Harrow represented the United States in the 23rd World Juniors Basketball Tournament in Douai, France, but the trip didn't go smoothly for Harrow.

He came into the week having problems with his ankles but wanted to try and play through the pain. However, after just one game he elected to sit out the remainder of the tournament to prevent further injury.

"I played in the first game and noticed I wasn't myself so I didn't play in the rest of the games," said Harrow. "I couldn't push the ball up or shoot like I normally do... I could barely even jump or dunk the ball so I knew my ankles weren't doing too good."

The United States finished fourth in the six-team field but appeared to be at a disadvantage. USA's roster was comprised of 2010 college recruits, players completing their junior year in high school, while the other teams rosters included college freshmen and pro prospects.

"It took us a little while to mesh together, but once we did it was good," said Harrow. "We finished fourth, and we play again in August in Dallas against teams that will be our own age group.

"I thought we played well when you consider who the other teams had. Puerto Rico had Mike Rosario... he was a freshman at Rutgers this year. Lithuania had a guy (Donatas Motiejunas) who people were saying might be the third pick in next year's draft, and France had a kid who will probably go pro. All of us were juniors so it was good learning experience."

What did Harrow think of France?

"It was just a really good experience for me," he said. "Something different... a new experience. It was so different from America, and it makes me realize how fortunate we are.

"Douai, where the tournament was played, is nothing like Paris. The people out there are nice, but I'll just say it was nothing like Paris. Paris was really nice though. We walked around and saw things like the Eiffel Tower. I had a good time there."

Harrow just returned to the United States and already has a visit scheduled with a doctor. The NBA Top 100 Camp begins this week, and he plans on having his ankles examined before deciding on if he will play in the prestigious event.

"I'm not sure what the issue is with them," said Harrow. "It might be that I've been playing too much and I need a little rest. It could be growing pains and that would be a good thing. I'm going to have an X-Ray [today] and go from there.

"I need to make sure that I'm 100% to go for the camp. I've had a great spring so I don't want to take any chances by coming back before I'm ready and damaging all the hard work I've put in. If I can play then I will, but if not I'm hoping to be back by the Deron Williams Skills Camp."

Look for him to continue playing this summer with the Altanta Celtics. His AAU team has events scheduled in Las Vegas, Miami, Atlanta, Cincinnati, and Arizona. At the conclusion of the AAU circuit Harrow will turn his attention to his high school team.

Marietta (GA) Walton loses Georgia Tech signee Glen Rice Jr. but returns G'Mitri Rice, Glen's younger brother, and is adding a 6-foot-7 transfer from a local school.

"I think we're going to be pretty good this year," said Harrow. "We still have me and G'Mitri, and Kam Belin is going to play with us. He played at Centennial last year but played with our team over the weekend in team camp so that's a big addition. Plus we might get a kid from Canada who is moving into our district... he's another big guy."

As a junior, Harrow had a big-time season for Marietta (GA) Walton. He was one of only two juniors on the AP Class AAAAA first-team all-state team, and he was joined on the team by NC State signees Lorenzo Brown and Richard Howell.

He averaged 28 points per game to help lead Walton to a school-record 19 wins and a solid showing in the state playoffs.

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