I use the word “update” loosely, as much of this is stuff that we already know. However, I spoke with Southwestern Illinois coach and Breckenridge County native Jay Harrington for a bit, and he had a few things to say about Josh. He was understandably reluctant to delve too deeply into Harrellson’s recruitment, and he mentioned things have been “crazy” around there for the last week or so.
Anyway, he said that Harrellson will be taking all 5 of his visits. He doesn’t want to run into the same trouble he did the first time around and sign too quickly. He mentioned that he thought Harrellson had quite an upside, especially since he’ll be eligible for three years. Further, he’s only been playing basketball for 5 years.
As for his play, he said that Harrellson has good hands, a good mid-range shot, runs the floor well, and plays solid defense; he will need to improve on his post moves, as well as guarding guys who are smaller/quicker than he, however, which may be to his detriment at the D-I level. Harrington did mention, though, that Harrellson was a good defender against players that he matched-up with size-wise. Harrington described the juco ranks as being a “guard and forward” league, so Harrellson had trouble matching up with smaller forwards. Again, though, the bigger the player, the better he defended him.
Coach Harrington did express slight concern with Harrellson’s ability to adapt to the faster and more intense style of play at the next level. That’s a concern with any player making a transition from a junior college to a major D-1 school, though. However, he said that Harrellson was certainly coachable and could be an impact player in the future, if not next year.
Harrington has produced several D-I players, including IU’s Lance Stemmler and Marquette’s Lawrence Blackledge. They’ve also produced 8 All-Americans in the last 7 seasons. Clearly, Josh comes from a great pedigree.
Coach Crean will be calling Harrington later this afternoon, so IU is still a player in this. Harrellson’s visit to UK this weekend is set, but I wouldn’t expect any major changes in the next week. We’ll keep you posted, of course.
Again, not too much breaking information, but certainly some good notes about Josh and where he is coming from.