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Zion Harmon moving to yet another high school

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Zion Harmon is on the move again.

Kentucky’s only five-star prospect, considered by some to be the best overall talent in the Class of 2021, will suit up for the Marshall County Marshals next year. It will be Harmon’s sophomore season at the high school level, but it will be his third Kentucky high school team in as many years.

As an eighth-grader, Harmon helped carry Bowling Green to the 2017 state title. He transferred to Adair County for his freshman year, where he averaged over 30 points per game, but will leave Columbia, Ky., for Benton, Ky., this fall.

The transfer to Marshall County is newsworthy for two reasons: (1) it raise suspicion as to whether or not he was recruited around the state, and if it’s fair that he is hand-picking his school; and (2) he is moving to an area with a very low percentage of African-Americans in the school and in the community. Marshall County has long been considered behind the times in that regard.

Harmon’s father, Mike Harmon, told Larry Vaught he hopes his son will help make a cultural change.

He also said the plan is to reclassify to the Class of 2020 and they would like to receive an offer from the University of Kentucky.

Read a lot more about Harmon and his move to western Kentucky in Vaught’s story here.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

25 Comments for Zion Harmon moving to yet another high school

  1. opinpi
    1:54 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

    Marshall County behind the times? I didn’t realize that it was against the law in Marshall County for African Americans to live there. I’m glad the ban has been lifted.

    • Truman Claytor
      2:17 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

      I don’t know how it is now, back in the 90s Marshall County was 100% white or really close to it. I know I was shocked when I saw he was going to Marshall County, it’s just a stigma that has always been part of that school & fueled a rivalry with Paducah Tilghman.

    • ukcamel
      2:42 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

      Some places are majority white because people in general aren’t moving there – and why would a black family specifically decide to move somewhere with no black population, if there’s not an industry or some other good reason? To suggest that simply having skewed demographics means you are “behind the times” is misguided.

    • J2D2
      2:43 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

      Obviously you’re kidding, but this is a very real thing in Marshall County. I spend a lot of time there and other than when I brought my black friends to the lake, I can’t remember seeing a black person anywhere.,_Kentucky

      The last census in 2000 showed 98.57% white in the population of 30,125. .2% black which equates to about 60 black people in the county.

      2:57 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

      And some places are mostly white because all of the black folks were driven out of town many years ago.

      In Marshall County, Ky., for example, vigilantes led by a local doctor posted notices in 1908 telling blacks to leave. When that failed, more than 100 armed and hooded men raided the town of Birmingham, picked about a dozen people at random and tortured them. Nearly two-thirds of the blacks left, and the most recent census showed only 37 blacks among the 30,125 people living in Marshall County.

    • runningunnin.454
      3:05 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

      And now, Birmingham, hometown of one of the most prolific scorers in early NBA history, lies at the bottom of Kentucky Lake.
      Cute user name, by the way…even if not original.

    • Bluebloodtoo
      3:51 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

      I lived near Marshall county and there was a reason that there were no blacks living there… They weren’t welcome. I sure hope that changed by now, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see that it hasn’t.

    • ukcamel
      8:03 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

      Well if black people weren’t welcome there 110 years ago, I guess that settles it.

  2. 4everUKblue
    2:02 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

    Seems to be following in the footsteps of Marvin Bagley, he could have a future with dUKe if he’s shady enough.

    • Luether
      3:03 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

      Nice post…

    • 4everUKblue
      3:05 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

      Means so much coming from you Luether…because I really care what a UofLittleBro fan thinks…

  3. TBW3011
    2:39 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

    While I agree with Matt in general about going to the school you want, there should be some sort of limit. 3 schools in 3 in years is comical and beyond ridiculous. Who is making the decisions around this kid?

  4. ukblue22
    3:01 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

    But is he coach-able. When someone moves like this, is it the athlete or the coaches that made the decision.

    • Luether
      3:04 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

      It’s the Dad, Dummy…

    • ukblue22
      3:07 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

      So is this another version of the Ball family then? And drop the “Dummy” it doesn’t build your argument and proves you lack the ability for a real debate.

    • Bluebloodtoo
      3:52 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink


    • Luether
      8:10 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink


  5. MadHatter
    3:02 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

    Lol so the kid isn’t supposed to go there because it’s a “white” school? Enough with the race-baiting.

    • Bluebloodtoo
      3:52 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

      This is real…sad, but very real….at least in the 90’s it was.

  6. stepscalled
    4:04 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

    So does the KHSAA going to rule him eligible? He is obviously going from school to school for sports. Kids across the state get ruled ineligible every year, how can he be cleared and anyone else not be eligible?

    • Kernel Sanders
      5:19 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

      His father is a travel nurse, meaning he is employed by contract to work for specified terms (6 months, 18 months, whatever). A common occupation that by its very nature employs nomads. Meaning you move a lot. So no, Zion is not necessarily going from school to school….it’s his dad going job to job. You could speculate dad is moving for his son’s basketball career, but doubtful the KHSAA could prove it. Bottom line is if a parent/guardian moves for a verified job change, then there is nothing KHSAA can do. Nor should they do anything. It’s a free country

  7. michaelb
    4:28 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

    It’s the exact opposite of what everyone thinks …. I swear to god everyone is wrong about this . The Marshall county people are begging for this kid to come play there. The history of that place is accurate just like drew is saying because me and drew are both from western ky & we just know the reality of how it has been in the past .

  8. michaelb
    4:29 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

    They desperately want to change that racial reputation that it currently has … ask any ones opinion that lives there now

  9. chardun20
    4:31 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

    Zion’s father is a traveling nurse, guess he works wherever he wants to.