For DeMarcus Harrison it's all about taking things in stride. The 6'5 187 pound swingman from Greenwood High has emerged on the recruiting radar in a big way over the past few seasons. Now as one of the top prospects in the Palmetto State for the 2010 class Harrison has schools showering him with plenty of attention. The Greenwood standout took some time out to speak with SCPrepNation.com for an update recently to talk about it all.
Things have been pretty positive so far this season for Harrison and the Greenwood Eagles. "Yes sir, we are 10-6 and 3-2 in region play right now. I'm averaging 25 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists per game so far I think."
As a known commodity in the recruiting ranks Harrison says that end of the spectrum has been pretty hectic as well. "There's a lot of schools who are involved right now. South Carolina, Clemson, Virginia Tech, BYU, Florida State, Marshall, Colorado, Georgia, Wake Forest, and VCU."
With such a broad spectrum of schools on his radar though has anyone moved out in front for Harrison? "I wouldn't say anybody's out front. I'm still wide open to anybody but I'd say that Brigham Young and Virginia Tech are coming after me the hardest at this point."
Asked about those two programs Harrison had a lot to offer as to what he likes most at this point about each. "With BYU I like a lot of things. They think I can come in and play as a freshman and they also think that I can play at the next level after college. I can fit in well with their program and play well in transition. I really like their style of play. They are up and down the court all the time. I love their transition game and how they like to shoot the three. You know, if they catch it and they got a good look, they shoot it."
With the Hokies of Virginia Tech Harrison talked at length about Seth Greenburg's program too. "They think I can come in and play as a freshman. They feel I'll be a good asset to their team and program. They are telling me that I need to play harder and that they'll see what goes on from there. I like their style of play and how they utilize A.D. Vassallo. How they set screens for their shooters. They establish their scorers from the beginning of every game."
This past AAU season Harrison ran with a couple of teams and talked about his travels and thoughts about his summer season. "I played with Georgia Elite and the South Carolina Ravens. I will be playing with the Ravens this coming season though. I did okay because I got hurt right before the season got started but I was playing on a bad ankle the whole season. I tore some ligaments in it. A lot of people may have not realized that I wasn't at full strength last season."
Playing with two of the premier programs in the Carolinas and Georgia he was able to play against a number of the top prospects in the 2009 and 2010 class. "Yeah we faced some tough guys. The toughest I faced would have to be John Wall and Abdul Gaddy."
Currently rated at 3 stars according to Scout.com national recruiting director Dave Telep DeMarcus says he continues to work hard to try and improve his game in every way. "Right now I'm working the most on my ballhandling to get that up so I can get to anywhere I want to on the court. I also want to concentrate harder on my defense too." He realizes where his strengths lie at this point too and shared that with us as well. "Really my scoring ability, getting to the hole and knocking down midrange jumpers are some of my strengths. I'm a pretty good defender and I get a lot of rebounds because of my length and athleticism. I'm usually able to jump higher than most of my opponents and that helps out a lot too."
With so many various schools on the geographical map in the mix location definitely won't play a role in Harrison's decision he says. "It's not going to have anything to do with my decision. I'm willing to go anywhere right now." Still the 2010 scoring machine says he's waiting on something a few other 2010 prospects have already heard. "I'm still waiting on my first official offer right now."
What is Harrison looking at the hardest at this point when it comes to schools that are recruiting him? "I want to go somewhere I can play pretty early most definitely. How well I get along with the coaching staff is going to be important as well. I'm looking for a team where we can win and conference strength too. I want to play against some great competition."
Speaking of competition Harrison says he's pretty impressed with the quality of basketball here in the Palmetto State. "I haven't played all of the top guys here in South Carolina but I've seen them all play if I haven't played against them." Below Harrison shared some of his own personal analysis of some fellow top prospects in the Palmetto State:
- DeAndre Hopkins: I haven't played against him in an official game but we played at team camp before. He's a very good point guard. He passes it very good because of his size and vision. Overall he's a very good player in general.
- Damien Leonard: I played against Damien at team camp too. His team sets a lot of screens for him and he can really shoot it from outside. He's a really good shooter.
- Milton Jennings: He can shoot it. He likes to shoot it more than anything (laughs). I like how he's able to step his game to the outside and pulls jumpshots. He's got a good midrange game too.