Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Ryan Harrow made his first year at Walton High School a year to remember. He also made it a year full of individual and team records as well. In Ryan's Junior Campaign he broke the school's single-season scoring record and assist record. Glen Rice Jr., a Georgia Tech commit, also broke the assist record this year and eclipsed Ryan by 6 assists. Walton also broke their school record for wins in a season with 19. The Raiders made it to the second-round of the State Playoffs for the first time since 1998 and they beat Richard Howell's Wheeler for the first time in over 10 years. Ryan finished the season averaging 28.3 ppg. His most explosive performance of the season came at the beginning of the season on December 6th against Lenoir City when he had 43 points and 11 assists. Ryan scored 30+ points in 14 out of the 28 games he played and he scored under 20 points only twice all season.
I talked to Ryan yesterday to catch up and get his thoughts on the season, the future AAU season, his relationship with the Pack coaches, and a personal message from him to the Wolfpack Nation.
Thoughts on the season:
Ryan: This season was definitely an experience. It was my first season playing public high school basketball. I had to step up my level of play in order to play against the high level of competition. I'm actually expecting us to be better next year. We have around 5 or 6 players transferring in that play on my AAU team. I think we will have great team chemistry.
The future AAU season:
Ryan: I will be playing for Team Atlanta this season. It's the same team as last year, the name of the team just changed. We will actually be playing a tournament up in Raleigh. I'll let you know when. I'm also looking to go to the Deron Williams Camp, the Nike Camp and the Pangos Camp.
Relationship with the Pack coaches:
Ryan: I e-mail back and forth with Coach Lowe about everyday and Coach Harris e-mails my mom about the same amount. Coach Lowe just keeps telling me that I'm his guy and that I'm going to be a difference maker as soon as I get there.
On recent worries about recruits decommitting:
Ryan: "Tell the Wolfpack fans not too worry, I'm not going anywhere"
Here is a new video we just found of Walton vs. Milton on January 6th. Milton won the game 74-70. Don't forget that Milton faced Wheeler in the State Championship game last week. Ryan had 24 points in the contest.