Monday, May 11, 2009

Ryan Harrow: 5th Star on the Way?

According to Jerry Meyer who recapped the Wallace Prather Memorial Classic for, Ryan Harrow could soon be anointed with the elusive 5th star that most NC State fans believe he deserves. This is big news for both the Wolfpack and Ryan. He has told us in the past that ranking does matter, but not for his personal glory. Ryan feels that the more recognition he gets, the more great players will want to play with him, and in turn follow him to NC State to run with the Pack. Here is a little well deserved recognition from Meyer:

Ryan Harrow (2010 Atlanta Celtics)- This North Carolina State commitment raised his stock with more than any other prospect at the event. Once slated for the mid-four-star range in the soon to be released 2010, Harrow has us contemplating whether or not he is a five-star talent. In the same vein as Joe Jackson, Harrow is a slight of build guard with a whole lot of game.

I know that in the big picture an extra star on a recruiting website is nothing tangible and to some doesn't mean much, however in the world of college basketball and recruiting, perception is reality. Having a 5 star guard on your commit list can go a long way in the convincing potential recruits that your program really is on the verge of something big.

Speaking of the Wallace Prather Memorial Classic, ESPN had a write up by Paul Biancardi that listed the 6 standout players from the star studded event. I think, out of habit, you can guess what I'm about to say next. Ryan Harrow was on that list. Here is what Paul had to say about the NC State commit:

Ryan Harrow (5-10, 155, PG)
2010, Marietta, Ga./Walton, committed to NC State

Harrow is a quick point guard who uses his speed to get into the paint or create separation for his jump shot. He was the most consistent player on his team throughout the tournament -- scoring in transition, knocking down open 3s and creating for his teammates. His slight build and size are a concern, but he makes up for what he lacks with length and quickness; he is able to go get his own shot and is effective at finding angles to attack the rim in transition with great body control. I think he has the ability to be a leader on the floor, but I would like to see him be more vocal and demonstrative with his teammates. Because of his size, bigger, stronger point guards may give him some problems. Harrow's body is physically immature, but he should gain strength and fill out with time in the weight


22 Responses to "Ryan Harrow: 5th Star on the Way?"
  1. WolfCamel said...
    May 11, 2009 at 5:25 PM

    He deserves it and it would definitely go along way with State being mentioned as a top recruiting class for 2010. Keep up the hard work Ryan!

  2. wolfpack4eva said...
    May 11, 2009 at 5:31 PM

    Well, I will save my congratulations until it's finalized. But I said, when Ryan originally committed to the Pack and I went and watched him play. That cat has 5 star written ALL over him. He's got vision, handles, the ability to make the pass to the open man, athleticism, a sweet stroke, ridiculously good amongst the trees, and so many other attributes. But the thing that stood out was that I couldn't find a real weakness. There's always a way to get better, don't get me wrong, but I just couldn't find an attribute of his game that people could exploit. That's how you know you have a good player. I'm rambling... but suffice to say, if this young man doesn't get 5 stars, it's a travesty.

    I'll be back when you get that 5th star to congratulate you.

    Peace out, one love!

  3. Eric said...
    May 11, 2009 at 5:55 PM

    Excellent news for Ryan, his family and the wolfpack. It's hard not to get excited about the progress Lowe is making on the recruiting front. With the character and talent he is bringing into the fold, it seems Lowe is building the kind of place other talented character recruits want to be. Dare I imagine a time when we interview a player to come to State, rather than your acceptance criteria being only how many stars are next to your name? Maybe not, but I think Lowe seems to be doing the right things to put the fun and the winning back into the program for the team, the fans and the university.

  4. cliffpack said...
    May 11, 2009 at 6:03 PM

    Ryan Harrow is the best recruit we have had in a while in my eyes. Better than Hickson and Leslie. We've needed a PG of this calibar for a while now.

  5. Anonymous said...
    May 11, 2009 at 6:18 PM

    congrats to RYAN...cant wait to watch him play soon. Besides the gibbons tourney does anyone know if Walton will play at the Glaxo?? thanks ahead..

  6. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    May 11, 2009 at 6:22 PM

    ^Walton will be playing at the Glaxo.

  7. KarNCSU said...
    May 11, 2009 at 6:35 PM

    Congrats to Harrow if it does happen. I think everyone is in agreement that he is the real deal! Also ya gotta give some props to Lowe because he was the first to notice him. Lowe def has an eye for talent. Wall, Kelly, Leslie, and now Harrow all players that Sidney Lowe was the FIRST*** to offer. Looks like he will close this deal which will help bring alot more attention to us in the future! The prospect of Harrow getting his 5th star has probably gotten me as excited as I have been in the last few days haha

  8. Anonymous said...
    May 11, 2009 at 6:35 PM

    is the Glaxo gonna be on tv this year

  9. one00proof said...
    May 11, 2009 at 7:01 PM

    If Rivals stays true to their ranking style, he should get his 5th star. Rivals tends to put more emphasis on performance while Scout prefers potential. As we all know, Harrows his own carnival show.

  10. RedWolf said...
    May 11, 2009 at 7:12 PM

    Paul Biancardi posted a review of the tournament at ESPN and named Ryan one of 5 standout players from the tournament He has a nice write-up on his game, "scoring in transition, knocking down open 3s and creating for his teammates".

    He is getting some recognition from anyone that watches him play. I'm looking forward to seeing the impression he makes at the Bob Gibbons TOC. Lookin' forward to seeing Ryan in a Red and White jersey soon.

  11. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    May 11, 2009 at 7:52 PM

    ^ great find Redwolf!

  12. Anonymous said...
    May 11, 2009 at 11:01 PM

    "Because of his size, bigger, stronger point guards may give him some problems. Harrow's body is physically immature, but he should gain strength and fill out with time in the weight"

    Isn't that what they said about Steph Curry? I believe that they care about size a little too much when they evaluate PGs.

  13. Erik said...
    May 12, 2009 at 12:34 AM

    ^I agree. They probably wouldn't have ranked Spud Webb or Mugsy Bogues highly either. Size is helpful but there are more important things when it comes to a PG.

  14. JeRsEyWoLf said...
    May 12, 2009 at 2:08 AM

    chris paul > Deron Willams

  15. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    May 12, 2009 at 7:53 AM

    ^ Totally agree. Nowadays if you're not a big physical point guard, you're size is a "disadvantage." But there are certainly an advantage to being small, if you know how to use your body.

  16. Anonymous said...
    May 12, 2009 at 9:00 AM

    The ESPN article lists him as 5'10". That's the shortest I've seen him listed.

  17. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    May 12, 2009 at 9:04 AM

    We got to spend some time chatting with Ryan for a while last month in Wilson at the Elite 80. He's not 5'10, believe me, he's certainly taller than that.

  18. Anonymous said...
    May 12, 2009 at 9:09 AM

    If he's 5'10" I'll eat my hat. Not with the dunks and blocks I've seen out of him.

  19. Anonymous said...
    May 12, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    I remember in high school playing against a young undersized PG from Winston Salem who at the time was not ranked highly at all in his junior year but exploded in his senior year all the way to the McDonalds game. Classified as a "smaller scoring PG" he commited to Wake Forrest early in his career long before the attention and fame came along... this player... Chris Paul...
    I see MULTIPLE similarites in the two....

    -Pack Leader

  20. Anonymous said...
    May 12, 2009 at 8:39 PM

    Congrats Ryan you're a 5 star regardless can't wait til 2010. I can't wait to see what this upcoming class does I seriously beleive we can be in the top 4 of the ACC and with your addition in 2010 we may even compete for a title. I know Calapari and Roy Williams are slapping themselves over the one that got away. I think Lowe is doing a great job finding talent early and it takes a mature young man to stand by the coach that gave you a chance and working hard to bring big time talent with you. I went to see wall and leslie play this past year and was introduced to Luke Cothorn who exploded for 41 points and stole the show even though he came up a little short. With Ryan, Cothorn, and Parker we could make UNC jealous. Hey we may let Leslie get back on the wagon, great job Ryan and coach Lowe the future looks bright for pack fans!

  21. Realwolfpacker said...
    May 13, 2009 at 3:22 PM

    Well, looks like rivals updated their rankings and Mr. Harrow is now the 25th ranked player in 2010 and a


    I know his family visits this site and we would all like to say congrats to Ryan. All the hard work is paying off and we can't wait for you to get here.

  22. Anonymous said...
    May 15, 2009 at 6:22 PM

    nice note on rivals about Harrow on the ask jerry segment. They also talk about the 2010 commit (Marshall) for the heels sound like we got the best commit.


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