Blazing Start for Harrow

Marietta (GA) Walton High School is 4-0 after another double-digit win over the weekend, and NC State signee Ryan Harrow is a big reason for the team's success.

Marietta (GA) Walton High School is 4-0 after another double-digit win over the weekend, and NC State signee Ryan Harrow is a big reason for the team's success.

"Even though we're 4-0 we still have things to improve on," said Harrow. "But, I think we're doing good. We're going to surprise a lot of people this year.

"I think I'm being a better leader and doing whatever my team needs me to do."

Last year Harrow averaged 28 points a game when he helped lead Walton to a school-record 19 wins and a playoff appearance. This year he's averaging an astounding 39 points per game as his team needs him to shoulder even more of the scoring load after the graduation of Georgia Tech signee Glen Rice Jr.

"Even though some of the guys on our team can score, it doesn't come as easy as it did for Glen," said Harrow. "So I'm doing what they need me to do, and right now that's score points. If I need to score more then that's what I'm going to do for us to win."

Last year he was one of only two juniors on the AP Class AAAAA first-team all-state team, and after a stellar spring and summer on the AAU circuit Harrow ended up a consensus Top 25 prospect nationally. He admits that the attention he receives both on-and-off the floor has caught him a little by surprise, but he's staying focused so he can help his team win games.

"I receive a lot of attention from all the fans," he said. "Our fans are always chanting MVP and the other team's fans try to take me out of my game by chanting stuff that they think can get to me. I think it's all funny and it makes me play better.

"On the court I've seen a lot of different looks. They ran a box-and-one on me [Saturday], and in the Creekside and Kell games they tried trapping me. Grady ran a lot of box-and-one too... teams are doing different things on me this year, but we're still winning."

This is a big month for Harrow and Walton. After road games at Lassiter and Roswell, Walton hits the road for back-to-back holiday tournaments in North Carolina. The Prep All Stars Classic runs Dec. 21-23 in Charlotte, and Walton is also scheduled to participate in the 2009 Glaxo-Smith Kline Invitational which starts December 26th. Both events feature several quality teams and will give Walton and Harrow additional exposure.

"Those are pretty big tournaments, but we've got to treat it like a regular game," said Harrow. "We can't worry about how big they are. If we go out and play our game I think we'll play well."

In between his games and practices Harrow has been following the Wolfpack's season. While he hasn't had a chance to watch a game live this season, look for him to do so in the near future.

"I know we lost a game to Northwestern, but we won a big one against Marquette," he said. "I was kind of worried about that game, but we pulled it out. I was actually on my way to my game when I went on the forums and found out that we won.

"It's good we are winning for a lot of reasons... we've got a lot of good, young guys like Scott Wood, Deshawn [Painter], Richard [Howell], Josh [Davis], [Jordan] Vandenberg... all of them.

"I've been talking with Lorenzo about setting up our official visit," Harrow added. "I think we're going to do it for when they play one of the big ACC games."

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