The epic saga of Kentucky high school basketball star Zion Harmon continues.
After a last-ditch effort to play for Marshall County this season, a judge has denied a preliminary injunction that would have made him eligible to participate immediately.
Following his transfer from Adair County to Marshall County that initially sparked his ineligibility, Judge Thomas Russell of U.S. District Court in Paducah, issued a final ruling on Friday that did not favor the 5-foot-10 point guard originally out of Bethesda, Maryland. In his ruling (via Jason Frakes of the Courier-Journal), Russell said it was a “close call” and declared the requested preliminary injunction “not warranted in this matter.”
After transferring to his fourth school in four years KHSAA ruled Harmon ineligble until March 5, the one-year anniversary of his final game as a varsity athlete at Adair County. The ruling, originally made on Oct. 16, was because it was determined Harmon was transferring for basketball reasons, not academic or anything of the sort.
If Marshall County can make a run to the Boys Sweet 16 (March 6-10) at Rupp Arena, Harmon will be eligible to participate for the first time this season.
The No. 1 point guard in the class of 2021 started his career at Antioch (Tennessee) Lighthouse Christian in seventh grade, won a state title at Bowling Green in eighth grade, moved to Adair County as a freshman, and is now attempting to suit up for Marshall County for the rest of his high school career.