Monday, April 20, 2009

ESPN Dubbs Harrow 'Standout Player' at the Real Deal

Antonio Williams of ESPN got the chance to check out the Real Deal on the Hill this past weekend and he listed NC State Commit Ryan Harrow as one of five 'Standout Players.' The other players that made his list were Brandon Knight (5 Stars), Joe Jackson (5 Stars), Tristan Thompson (5 Stars) and Ahmad Starks (4 Stars). It looks like Ryan is finally getting his name mentioned in the class he deserves. Here is what Williams had to say:

"Harrow has elite quickness and electric leaping ability, which allows him to finish above the rim, especially in transition or in alley-oop offensive sets. This score-first point guard relies on a crafty change of pace dribble to break down opposing defenders to get into the teeth of the defense mostly for his own scoring opportunities. Harrow also likes to use the crossover dribble going from left to right to get to his dominant hand to get into the paint. He relies heavily on his right and would add more variety to his off-the-dribble game by enhancing his ability to go left, in addition to making his scoring opportunities off the bounce easier as opposing defenders can sit on his right hand. Improving his left-handed dribble will also cut down on his tendency over-dribble. Harrow, for the next level, will have to continue to develop his point guard skills and involve his teammates more. He has good length for his size and would benefit immensely from making frequent trips to the weight room over the next year in preparation for college. Harrow also needs to give more attention and focus to the defensive end of the floor."

NC State Recruit Luke Cothron Receives Praise as Well:

"Cothron can score the basketball in the paint with his good touch around the basket with a high level of success. He sometimes shies away from contact and would alleviate that problem if he improves his level of strength as well as add muscle to his frame. Cothron also has problems handling passes in traffic at times, but getting stronger would help that problem. He has decent footwork with his back to the basket and will score using the little jump hook with his right hand. Cothron has to improve his touch around the hoop and getting stronger would also help in that department. He has enough quickness to put the ball on the floor, but his lack of strength causes him to get knocked off balance when faces on drive attempts. Cothron also negates his length at times by adjusting in the air and makes himself smaller in the process. If he keeps the ball high when he receives it in the post, he will also help to make himself bigger and not negate his advantage. Cothron runs the floor and can score in transition as well as an offensive rebounder, but adding more strength will allow him to become a better defensive rebounder. He also will block shots as a help-side defender as well as an on-ball defender."


8 Responses to "ESPN Dubbs Harrow 'Standout Player' at the Real Deal"
  1. Jason said...
    April 20, 2009 at 4:02 PM

    Keep racking up the accomplishments and the praise Ryan!

  2. jose said...
    April 20, 2009 at 4:45 PM

    Superb job and the national outing we were all hoping for this talented and gifted young man. Keep up the great work and show the stuff they never going to believe.

    Some of the talk about "True shoot first guard..needs to pass more and get his teammates more involved" is easily taken out of perspective, IMO. You get a call mid-week or something asking if you want to run with Team so-in-so in a national pretigous event. You might know some of the players but not as well as you need when trying to set up their game like a heady PG should do.

    Watch his play at Walton and with WW Renegades and you do not get the sense that Ryan forgets he has 4 team mates on the court.

    So, here's to the next big tourney and Harrow playing in- can't wait.

  3. Anonymous said...
    April 20, 2009 at 5:01 PM

    i cant wait for Ryan to make it to State. It has been A LONG time since we had a true PG of his caliber. kid looks scary good

  4. jose said...
    April 21, 2009 at 9:11 AM

    I'm sure (more sure then most things) Ryan has a handle with the coaches and athletes around him about ways to improve his game. One only needs to know that only about six months ago his name was completely obscure to not only the nat'l but even regional recruiting scene (tons of credit due to not only Coach Lowe but to Zo who really pulled Ryan into the spotlight).

    My point is that the comments by the scouting analyst here seem genuine in the realm of constructive critism- though they seemed to pile on a bit excessively for someone who was named to the five most outstanding at "Real Deal on the Rock".

    The one critique that I found intriquiging was about Ryan proving he has "the handles" on a crossover to the right as well to the left. This is very crucial to his one day putting on the Red & White and flat out ballin' it day one for two big reasons.

    1. Play on the offensive end naturally breaks down once in awhile due to a number of variables and you need the "go to" penetrating G as the shot clock nears zero. We all know it's been way to long since Julius and Corch gave us this weapon.

    2. Coach Lowe knows what the Pro's look to use for set's and it doesn't take a genius to see that the high pick n' roll at or above the key is still heavily relied on. With the ability to crossover right or left Ryan will then take the next step of learning the tricks of trade-or High-Screen 101.

    First read and react if the screeners' man shows a strong hedge too early- fake using the pick and cross over penetrate. You not only broke your defenders ankles but left another defender high and dry where he can offer no help whatsoever. It's a 4 on 3 with Harrow handling the rock- gotta like your chances there.

    Too many times last season I saw our PG's not use the screens and make it pretty obvious they were turning it down. When a guy screens he gives up he ability to easily score- you can't let it go to waste, not if you want to get some minutes at point when Harrow shows up.

  5. wolfpack4eva said...
    April 21, 2009 at 9:20 AM

    The info about Ryan seems to insenuate that he's just a scoring point. But didn't he average like 11 assists in that tourny as well? Doesn't seem like that's a real valid evaluation of his abilities. Yeah he scores, a great scorer in fact, but he's an excellent assist man as well.

  6. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    April 21, 2009 at 9:36 AM

    Watch his video and you can see that Ryan favors his right, but you also see numerous times that he can go left and break a guy down with no problems. I do agree that he could showcase his left more in order to keep defenders honest, but I by no means think his left is a weakness.

    About the evaluator talking about his "keeping his teammates involved" , I think we all know that you can chalk that comment up to a guy thats only seen Ryan play a few games on the AAU circuit. The kid has crazy vision and is an assist machine for Walton. You've got to realize...if you're a reader you are more of an expert on Ryan Harrow than any of these "evaluators"...we've got more Ryan Harrow video (and Luke Cothron for that matter) than any site on the internet.

  7. Anonymous said...
    April 21, 2009 at 9:36 AM

    do you think he gets boosted to a 4/5 star on Scout/Rivals before he graduates from Walton?

  8. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    April 21, 2009 at 9:58 AM

    honestly, yes I do. I think that the Scouts at the Real Deal saw what this kid can do.

    Look at the list of ESPN's picks for "Standout Players"...It's a few 5 stars, a 4 star and Ryan. Obviously something is wrong there. Ryan is being listed with the big dogs and will soon be ranked with them.

    The ESPN writeup has a lot of good things to say about Ryan, heck if you ask me his writeup had less negatives than the #1 point guard in the class Brandon Knight. Now I've seen Knight play and yes he is an elite guard...he's got the frame of a NBA point. If Ryan can put on some muscle without losing his quicks, I'd think it'd be hard to not list him as a 5 star.


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