Changing AAU teams just another challenge for Zion Harmon to overcome

Zion Harmon with Arizona State commit Kyree Walker (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Zion Harmon was excited for the opportunity to change AAU teams and play with 2019 high level players James Wiseman, a Kentucky recruiting target, and D.J. Jeffries, a UK commit.

However, when he made the move he thought Penny Hardaway would be coaching the team. Instead, Hardaway became the head coach at Memphis and Team Penny switched back to the Bluff City Legends.

Mike Harmon, Zion’s father, said the switch “went okay” at first and Oregon was one of the new teams that started paying attention to his son. But a conflict with the program director — who had a son on the team who also plays point guard — led to Harmon, who led the state in scoring and free throw percentage at Adair County last year as a freshman — to move to Team Bradley Beal out of St. Louis.

He’s still in the Nike EYBL (the only Kentucky player in that league). The point guard already has a lot of scholarship offers, has been to UK’s Big Blue Madness and has made unofficial visits to Kansas.

“He had to go there at the last minute and get to know his team,” Mike Harmon said. “He had a decent first game — 15 points, five assists. But it was tough with a new group. It’s going to be okay. He’ll get in some practice with the new players and be fine.

“This move was totally out of his control. It had nothing to do with Wiseman, Jeffries or anybody on his team. It was all with the administration,” Mike Harmon said. “This team he is on now is not as talented individually but they have a better record than the team he was on. They are one of the best organizations on the circuit. It’s the same team (former Duke star and current Boston Celtic rookie) Jayson Tatum played for. Zion’s a five-star guard.

“He’ll be fine. He’s not playing as much as he was used to but it’s just another challenge to make him better.”

1 comment

  1. I wish this young man well, but I am not a big fan of the AAU circuit. It contributes to the mayhem that is now college basketball recruiting, and overall problems associated with college basketball in general today. Just my opinion. These kids think after an AAU career they are world beaters and NBA ready. Most are not.

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