Thursday, September 17, 2009

Ryan Harrow: "A Sincere Apology"

NC State commit Ryan Harrow just contacted us and wanted to apologize for how his words in the article that we linked yesterday might have been interpreted.

“I want to apologize for how my words were interpreted in the article. I really am not an arrogant person. Anyone who knows me would tell you that I’m a humble kid," Harrow said. "I just answered his questions the way that he asked me and then he put them all together. He asked me which point guards I thought were ranked ahead of me, and what I thought I might do different or better than them. I just don't want the fans to think I'm an arrogant person.”

I can attest that in the numerous times that I’ve seen Ryan play, not once did he come off as an arrogant or selfish basketball player. In fact, more often than not, I found myself thinking that Ryan was being too unselfish.

Please remember that when someone writes an article, they can take your quotes from an interview, mush them all together, and make them come across different than they were spoken in the original context.

Also, on another note, Coach Lowe was in Georgia last week for an in-home visit with Ryan, and he is also down there again today to watch Ryan play pick-up ball with the team after school.


37 Responses to "Ryan Harrow: "A Sincere Apology""
  1. Anonymous said...
    September 17, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    he had nothing to apologize for, it didn't really come across as arrogant. it's just in some people's nature to whine and moan.

    it's pretty impressive that he felt the need to apologize thoough.

    ryan, know that most of your supporters are ecstacic that you strive to be number one anda ren't afraid to say so. don't worry about those few that find fault in every tiny thing.

  2. Lynda said...
    September 17, 2009 at 2:49 PM

    Ryan, we love you man. Worry not. And remember that every now and then a comment slips in by a poster that they don't really mean either.

  3. Anonymous said...
    September 17, 2009 at 2:57 PM

    I have met Ryan Harrow in Milwaukee at a tournament last year, he is a really good kid. In some interview formats they are baited to say things, remember how old he is. When I met him he had just committed to NC State and he was trying to meet with my son Scott Wood. I remember Scottie telling him welcome to the family. All good players believe in themselves thats why they driven to be the best that they can be. I think everyone on this board would really enjoy talking to Ryan he is just a good kid.

  4. Ismael said...
    September 17, 2009 at 3:02 PM

    nothing to apologize for, maybe Jeff should email/twitter the players harrow referenced and see if they feel slighted. If anything they would talk good natured smack back.

    Jeff are you happy? You got your apology from someone you've never met but are judging based on the contorted writing of a blog (HSH).

  5. Anonymous said...
    September 17, 2009 at 3:04 PM

    Sounds like Ryan just got his first lesson in dealing with the media. Really no big deal though. Awfully glad we are getting him, and he can't get here soon enough.

  6. backdpack said...
    September 17, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    Once again Ryan proves he is one class individual. To most there was no need to appologize and yet he shows a maturity and understanding that so few his age have reach. Ryan you are not wearing the RED and WHITE yet but you truly represent the Wolfpack ideals well. Can't wait till you get here.

  7. Pack Leader said...
    September 17, 2009 at 3:15 PM

    Ryan Harrow = CLASS ACT

    no need to apologize yet he did it anyway to please the PC people.

    Remember state fans... other people read what you write...

    Cant wait to see ya in RED & WHITE BIG BOYY!!!!!

  8. KarNCSU said...
    September 17, 2009 at 3:28 PM

    even though I did not look upon the article as him being an arrogant guy, major props to him for stepping up and saying that. All I can say is that his mom raised him right!! haha. Don't worry Ryan..we don't think your arrogant at all and we want u to be the best there is.

  9. Eric said...
    September 17, 2009 at 3:35 PM

    ^ Welcome Wood family! Looking forward to watching your son play ball and will enjoy having you all in the Wolfpack family.

    Happen to agree with your assessment and appreciate your comments.

  10. Realwolfpacker said...
    September 17, 2009 at 3:37 PM

    Ryan -

    No need to apologize. Just stay humble and hungry and you will be fine.

    Keep up all he hard work. We can't wait for you and ZO to get here. Recruit Cothron and Leslie for us as well...if you have time.

  11. bhruben said...
    September 17, 2009 at 3:40 PM

    WOW! No need to apologize for anything!! Ryan Wolfpack fans have been dreaming about the day you get here for ...well it seems like forever. I love the fire and passion you have to be the best, and thats what we need. We NEED a competitor like yourself!

  12. bhruben said...
    September 17, 2009 at 3:43 PM

    anon/Mr./Mrs. Wood

    For what its worth i hear your son is lights out and I cannot wait to see him play next year!!!! IM soooooo pumpped!!!

  13. Anonymous said...
    September 17, 2009 at 3:55 PM

    I too, am impressed, that he responded. I agree that his words were taken out of context. He wants to be the best he can be, and if you don't believe you are the best, you never will be. Ryan, keep up the great work -- both on and off the court. We can wait to see you running with the Pack!


  14. Bates said...
    September 17, 2009 at 3:58 PM

    Can't wait to have Ryan and Lo on the team next year. Fall of 2010 can't get here soon enough.

  15. Slick said...
    September 17, 2009 at 3:59 PM

    No need to apologize Ryan. As many have said I think athletes need to be a little cocky and there is a difference between cocky and arrogant.

    How can you be the best without first believing you are or can be the best.

    You are da man.

  16. glock said...
    September 17, 2009 at 4:02 PM

    I think it's good that Ryan came out and apologized but there was no reason to. In order to excel in any sport you got to have the attitude that your the best, If you step on the court saying someone is better or ranked higher then you're lost before the whistle blows. Confidence is good and I feel like Ryan is getting into the perfect situation where he can shine immediatly. I just got a new blackberry storm and i'm able to show everyone at work Ryan's video's and there starting to see why I'm so excited about the future of Wolfpack basketball. I don't know who the best in the class is but I know Ryan is going to a program where he will get plenty exposure and playing time, and he'll also be learning from two of the best point guards that ever played in the ACC.

  17. Anonymous said...
    September 17, 2009 at 4:05 PM

    Major props for going out of his way to clear up any confusion.

    Its going to happen alot even if he never intends it to.

    That skin better start thickening so he wont be distracted at NCSU. It will be a pressure cooker for sure.

    gg Harrow
    gg Wolfpackhoops

    What would you guys think of me if I started a "The Church of Saint Harrow" Mirroring my creation "The Church of Russolbrien?"

    I think its golden!

  18. Alum02 said...
    September 17, 2009 at 4:09 PM

    no need to apologize for comments taken out of contaxt. the response I was really hoping for from Ryan is, what are you doing to pack on another 15 pounds before you get to State? And do you have an ample supply of peanut butter and jelly?

  19. Anonymous said...
    September 17, 2009 at 4:12 PM

    Why are people in sports so freakin soft today? Why is an expression of your ability in an article always arrogant? People that thought he was arrogant need to grow a pair and realize that trash talk has a place in all sports...

  20. JerseyWolf said...
    September 17, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    Our favorite football player is one of the bigger trash talkers out there!!!! PHILIP RIVERS

  21. wolfranger said...
    September 17, 2009 at 4:27 PM

    Personally i'm pumped for Ryan to arrive in Raleigh. After reading what he said, I am fully expecting him to come in here and believe he can start from day one and fully compete with ACC competition from day one. I haven't seen a personality like this at NC State since Hodge and it is definitely time for one!

    Go Pack!

  22. Anonymous said...
    September 17, 2009 at 4:33 PM

    ^ Yes and he got a taunting penalty on MNF, I had a good laugh at it because after they threw the flag he looked confused

  23. Jeff said...
    September 17, 2009 at 4:41 PM

    No apologies necessary - this probably isn't the first and won't be the last time people comment on what you say and do. Certainly no apologies need to be given to people on a blogging website. Everyone is thrilled (maybe the understatement of the century when reading the responses on this site) to have you come to NCSU. Keep up the hard work you're already doing - it will pay off huge next year.

    Go pack and go our future point ryan harrow.

  24. Kevin said...
    September 17, 2009 at 5:31 PM

    Ryan, don't apologize for your comments. It's definitely a good thing to have a confident PG coming to run with the pack!

    The article didn't come across to me as arrogant, it came across as confidence and that's absolutely a great quality to look for in the PG of your team.

  25. redfred said...
    September 17, 2009 at 5:48 PM


    I don't really know what to say here except that I really admire the kid for feeling that he needed to respond to those who may have misinterpreted him as well as his earlier comments.

    Bravo and well done Ryan Harrow!!!

  26. Anonymous said...
    September 17, 2009 at 6:19 PM

    My son makes fun of me for talking about Ryan Harrow so much. I am more excited about him than any recruit in recent memory. I hope he keeps that attitude. That's a winner's attitude. Definitely a great kid along with unreal skills.

    As long as I am expressing my excitement, can't wait to see Scott Wood stroking 3's this season.

  27. Jeremiah said...
    September 17, 2009 at 6:31 PM

    Ryan, don't worry about it man. I read the article yesterday and didn't think for a second that what you said was out of line. You have worked hard to get where you are! Be proud! Be confident! The Wolfpack nation can't wait to see you in the red and white. GO PACK!

  28. Afterglow said...
    September 17, 2009 at 7:31 PM

    You know, it's interesting; I read the article after reading the short description and the BLOG responses and I have to say, to me there really wasn't much evidence of bragging in my opinion. Perhaps I expected more after reading all of the comments but it didn't itch me the way it did some.

    Can't wait for Harrow to arrive!

  29. ppack3 said...
    September 17, 2009 at 10:13 PM

    Ryan - Check out the support. Let the negative comments go. Concentrate on what you know. It'll be alright.

    Mr/Mrs Wood, just let Scott know that all he needs to worry about is finding the clean look and that sweet spot on the RBC court. Because there's an assist machine rolling into town next year that is going to get him the rock!

    And Ryan, if you're hungry, EAT! Go State!

  30. Wolfcop said...
    September 17, 2009 at 10:22 PM

    What a mature young man. I cannot wait to have you in a Wolfpack uniform Ryan! You will be learning from one of the best ACC point guards of all time.

  31. ppack3 said...
    September 17, 2009 at 10:23 PM

    Oh, and 'anony', Plz (2BStateFan) don't start mixing Harrow into the Mythical NCSU Bible verses! Ryan probably thinks that were fanatical enough as it is! Let's not put that kind of pressure on a teen aged young man! Plz?

  32. Anonymous said...
    September 17, 2009 at 11:33 PM

    yes, no church of saint harrow yet. there'll be time for that later.

  33. Ismael said...
    September 18, 2009 at 2:04 AM

    When we hongry, we EAT!

    Ryan, just EAT kid.

  34. Ismael said...
    September 18, 2009 at 3:37 PM

    after this year, i think UNCCH and Duke will elite PG's (actually duke will have one this year), maybe Wake too. Can you guys imagine, God willing, that we're gonna have a PG who may be better than all of them, and a shooting guards that rival any of their shooting guards. Have we even had an all acc PG since Corchiani? (I don't remember, its friday).

  35. Anonymous said...
    September 18, 2009 at 4:50 PM

    State is Ranked number 12 in ESPNU 2010 Class ranking.

  36. redfred said...
    September 19, 2009 at 12:32 AM

    I know he's a good BB player and all, but I just had to go back read what he said to WPH once again. MAN!!! That really impressed the pooh out of me!!!

    That young man is going to become a great addition to NC State University!!!

  37. Anonymous said...
    October 2, 2009 at 12:21 AM

    i know ryan, i go to school with him...alot of people give him the compliments that could blow his head up and make him arrogant...but his is honestly one of the most humble kids ive met, ive never heard him brag or boast a comment like this from him really shows his personality and character, he is truly a down to earth person


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