The news was first reported early on Sunday morning and Harrow’s decision shouldn’t really come as too much of a surprise. Harrow, who has already transferred once in his collegiate career, was up and down for the Wildcats in 2012-13. Now with a loaded recruiting class coming to Lexington next fall, Harrow faced the difficulty of blending into a more than talented lineup.
The option for Ryan Harrow was either to go overseas now or transfer down a level. He made the right choice.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanCBS) March 31, 2013
Harrow began his career as a top 50 prospect by signing and attending North Carolina State. Harrow was part of a recruiting class that included Wolfpack stars C.J. Leslie and Lorenzo Brown, both of whom are expected to declare for the 2013 NBA Draft. After one season in Raleigh, Harrow transferred to Kentucky. He sat out the 2011-12 season and won a National Championship with the ‘Cats before taking over the reigns on the court this past season. Harrow averaged 9.9 points and 2.8 assists per game for a Kentucky team that lost in the opening round of the NIT Tournament. Needless to say, it was a very disappointing season in Lexington.
Now Harrow is bound for Georgia State and he will apply for a hardship waiver with the NCAA in his efforts to be cleared to play immediately. Harrow’s reason for transferring is too be closer to his ailing father, so he may very well have the opportunity to be granted that waiver.
If that’s the case, the Sun Belt Conference must be on alert of its newest member. Georgia State is leaving the CAA to join the Sun Belt and that move will go into effect in the fall of 2013.
Fast forward to the 2013-14 season, the Panthers lineup could feature Harrow (if granted a hardship waiver) in addition to its top five leading scorers and top two rebounders. That’s a Ron Hunter coached team that could certainly be dangerous next season.
R.J. Hunter, Devonta White and Manny Atkins most notably, are all set to return to Georgia State next season and throw an expienced guard like Harrow into the mix and there’s not doubt we may be hearing about the Panthers next March.
Georgia State will surely be improved off a season in which they finished just 15-16, but we will have to keep an eye on Harrow and his potential to hit the hardwood immediately in 2013-14.
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