You’re looking at a picture of Formosa, a city in Argentina, and that’s where UK assistant coach Joel Justus will be this week. According to Ben Roberts, Justus will scout recruits in the 2019, 2020, and 2021 classes in the FIBA Americas U16 Championships, which starts Wednesday and ends on Sunday. Targets on Team USA include 2019 power forwards Vernon Carey Jr. and James Wiseman; small forward Wendell Moore; 2020 point guards RJ Hampton and Jalen Suggs; and 2020 power forward Isaiah Todd.
Also on Team USA: 2021 point guard Zion Harmon, who hails from Bowling Green and is considered one of the most promising players in the entire country. Last summer, the 5’8″ Harmon became the first seventh grader ever to compete in the 17U division of Nike EYBL and then led his school to their first state title. He’s the only 2021 prospect on the 16U team, but as he told USA Today’s High School Sports’ site, age is just a number to him.
“Age doesn’t really mean nothing to me. I’m a Christian and in the Bible, they have people that rule kingdoms when they’re 13 years old,” he said. “It’s really about how fast you can mature, not how long you’ve been on this earth… When I get on the court I feel like it’s basketball and we all just playing.”
Harmon is only an eighth grader, but as we head into a busy evaluation period next month, he’s someone to keep an eye on, as I’m sure Justus will this week.