New Jersey Athlete Looking Forward To College

Reporter Mike Sullivan provides an update on Harold Spears and his thoughts on how he sees himself competing as a football player next season ...

Harold Spears, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound two-sport star (basketball/football) from The Pennington School in Pennington, New Jersey, said he is looking forward to competing next season as a football player for New Hampshire.

"I know they said I could be a tight end or wide receiver," said Spears, who played on both sides of the ball for The Pennington football team as a senior.

"But if need be they could move me to defensive end."

Spears, a true team player, said he is patient in finding out where he'll play next season at New Hampshire. "I'm just gonna wait and see what happens," he said.

Spears is currently at the tail end of his basketball season. He previously scored 18 points to help his high school basketball team win an important game against Peddie, 55-51.

Now, his team is currently involved in the playoffs.

Spears, who was recruited in both basketball and football, signed a letter of intent to play football at New Hampshire a couple of weeks ago, according to his AAU basketball head coach, Matt Pauls.

Spears is currently averaging 15 points a game, close to eight rebounds, and three steals per contest.

WHAT MATT PAULS THINKS OF HAROLD SPEARS' INDIVIDUAL GAME: "As his coach for the last five years with Team NJABC, I have watched Harold grow as a player and person, and he is a tremendous young man. His grades are excellent (3.7 GPA I think) and he is taking high level college prep courses.

"Harold has improved his skill level. He is hitting the perimeter shot more consistently and getting to the rim. He plays primarily on the wing but uses his size to get rebounds.

Spears is also a talented football player. According to Pauls, previously Spears had interest from Akron, Temple, William and Mary, James Madison, and Villanova to play football.

Harold has already surpassed the 1,000 point mark in his high school basketball career.


Scout NY Preps Top Stories