Harvest Preparatory School, a division of Ron Parsley's World Harvest Church, is quietly building a budding basketball powerhouse in southern Columbus. The school, located in Canal Winchester, has an enrollment of about 300 students who attend 70 different area churches. Although the school's motto is "Distinctive...Christian...Private," it could very well be "Huge Front Court...Nice Back Court...Future State Championship."
The current middle school team appears to be the wave of the future for Harvest Prep. On the strength an undefeated season so far (8-0), Harvest Prep is establishing it's self as one of the most dominant middle school teams in the Mid-State Division and the state. In the last eight games, the average margin of victory has been 40 points. As another example of the talent level on this team, recently, the 8th grade squad played an All-Ohio all-star team, featuring some of the top players in Columbus, and came out victorious (45-33).
Harvest Prep's backcourt features 6'8 B.J. Mullins who is ranked 82nd in the nation by the Hoop Scoop, and 16th in Ohio by OhioPrepScene.com, 6'4 Eric Beard and 5'11 Quinton Aden. In the backcourt, Harvest Prep starts 5'11 DeMarcus Jackson at point guard and 5'1 Ra'mon Jackson at shooting guard. Coming off the bench as the sixth man is 6'1 Alex Wildermuth.
According the Marc Bradley, JV coach of Harvest Prep's middle school team, "this team has really matured and they play with a lot of confidence. A couple of these kids will play on the varsity team next year. When asked about the impact this team has made this year, Bradley stated, "there is a new level of excitement at the school and in parts of the community. We are on the map. In two years we expect to be in the Schottenstein Center playing for a state championship."
With 6 regular season games and a post-season tournament left to play, Harvest Prep still has some work to finish before they can truly claim their crown. However, if their early season success is any indication, an undefeated season is a real possibility. Do the letters, ASVSM mean anything? OhioPrepScene.com will continue to follow this emerging giant.