Marshall County junior Zion Harmon will decide between Kansas, Maryland, Louisville, Murray State, Seton Hall, and Western Kentucky next month. Several recruiting experts are picking the Hilltoppers. The 5’9 point guard is not yet sure if he will reclassify to the class of 2020 or stay in the class of 2021. Harmon is a 4-star recruit and ranked #42 in the nation by Rivals, #34 by 247 Sports, and #20 by ESPN. Here is a review of his past accomplishments.
Zion Harmon transferred from Lighthouse (TN) Christian School to Bowling Green High School before his 8th grade season. As an 8th grader, he helped lead Bowling Green to the 2017 state title. He had a team-high 18 points in the Purples’ 67-56 victory over Cooper in the state championship game. At the time, he was ranked in the top 10 nationally among 8th graders. He had more buzz around him than any Kentucky 8th grader since OJ Mayo was playing at Rose Hill Academy.
Harmon then transferred to Adair County for his freshman season where he averaged 33 points per game and made an incredible 91% of his free throws., He led the Indians to a solid 20-win, 12-loss season, but they were never a threat to make a deep run in March. Harmon just didn’t have the pieces around him like he did in when he was at Bowling Green. For example, in 2017 Bowling Green defeated the mighty Scott County Cardinals 68-53 in the quarterfinals of the state tournament. But in 2018, Harmon’s Adair County Indians fell to Scott County 107-66 in a regular season game. Adair County also lost to Bowling Green 95-71 that same season, despite Harmon’s 38 points for the Indians. Purely from a basketball standpoint, people were left a little puzzled as to why Harmon would transfer from Bowling Green to Adair County.
The next season, people were again perplexed when Harmon transferred from Adair County to Marshall County for his sophomore season. Often times players ranked as high as Harmon do transfer, but it is usually to powerhouse schools such as Oak Hill Academy or IMG Academy, and usually not to schools like Marshall County. Marshall County is a fine school with a good tradition, but they aren’t on the same level as schools like Oak Hill. The Marshalls were coming off of a solid, but not spectacular 19-12 season, so Harmon’s transfer brought optimism to Marshall County. The optimism quickly faded, however, when the KHSAA ruled that Harmon must sit out the entire 2018-2019 season, due to transfer rules.
Harmon stayed at Marshall County and is currently leading the Marshalls to a pretty good season. They are the 2nd best team in the first region (behind McCracken County). I have Marshall County ranked #15 in the state, but they don’t appear to a likely state title contender. Harmon is currently 2nd in the state in scoring with 26.3 points per game. He is tremendous passer and can break the press with ease. He scored a school record 50 points in a 72-71 loss to Calloway County on January 24. I personally hope he stays in the 2021 class so that we get to see him play high school basketball for another season.