By LARRY VAUGHT
Adair County freshman Zion Harmon already has scholarship offers from Creighton, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Stephen Austin and Southern Methodist. He’s made an unofficial visit to Kansas. He was the first freshman player invited to attend UK’s Big Blue Madness.
He’s also now going to be playing on the same AAU team this summer with 2019 UK commit D.J. Jeffries and top 2019 UK target James Wiseman. Harmon played on a Boo Williams AAU team before but will be with Bluff City, formerly known as Team Penny because it was built by Penny Hardaway. He’s the former Memphis and NBA star who is now the new head coach at Memphis.
Wiseman and Jeffries both played for Hardaway’s AAU team and Wiseman obviously will be one of Hardaway’s major recruiting targets — as will Jeffries despite his commitment to Kentucky. Hardaway was at the Marshall County Hoopfest in December when Jeffries played against Harmon and Adair County.
Harmon is no stranger to the big stage. He has played on the 17 and under EBYL league since he was in seventh grade. He was on the 2017 USA under 16 national team that won the gold medal at the FIBA under 16 Americas Championship. He started at point guard for Bowling Green as an eighth grader and in 37 games averaged 16.8 points per game to help the team win its first state title. He transferred to Adair County as a freshman.
The 5-11, 160-pound Harmon is a rare in-state talent that would seem to be the kind of player that would already have a scholarship offer from Kentucky.
“I like the Kentucky program a whole, whole lot,” Harmon told me earlier this year. “I don’t want to speak too much about any colleges right now, but I do have certain ones I am leaning towards. I like what my uncle said, the Kentucky program gives their kids the most opportunity to get to the league. They put so many kids in the league. I feel like it is a great program.”