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    Quote Originally Posted by Purple Nation View Post
    Zion Harmon: The 8th grader for BG is perhaps the best the state has seen in many years. Don't disregard these strong words until you hear me out. First, I unfortunately agree that he probably won't be a Purple for the following 4 seasons. I hope I am wrong but probably not.

    I will let Dragonfire and all the smart people figure out his numbers (% from 3...)but let me share what makes him on a playing field by himself.

    Ball handling: By far his number 1 trait. Almost every night, the opposing team will put a chaser on him. I assume the person they put to guard him is their best defender. Zion's most impressive stat is probably one that no one looks at. His turnovers (or the lack there of). His dribbling is as good as you will see. Rarely does his teammates even help him get out of a press because teams cant get him to stop his dribble. I'm talking dribbling behind back, legs and through opponents legs without turning the ball over.

    Shooting: I would venture to say his percentage of shooting from the field is as good or better than most guards across state. I know he is top 2 or 3 free throw shooter in state. I would also think that his % from 3 is near the top as well. Again, remember - best defenders guarding him (probably jrs and srs) and Zion is not even in High School yet.

    Defense - He holds his own. Never in foul trouble. Smart, Makes plays when needed. His guy he guards will hardly ever be the leading scorer of that game - if ever

    For you that have seen BG play you know that their other players are very good HS players. He may not win Mr Basketball but Terry Taylor is very good. Deangelo Wilson is a guard that any team would love to have. They have other support players/shooters that make them a dynamite team.

    NO one is saying it but Zion is states best right now. Yes, I know I am a Purple fan but think about it. Who else in the state is nationally rated very high in their class? Who else has as many D1 offers than the 8th grader right now? Who else has played against competition like Zion has played across the nation the past few years? You may or may not agree but you have to at least consider the fact that this kid is that good.

    He may lay an egg at Rupp (I don't think so) but if you consider all he has done on the floor this year, taking the fact that he is still a middle school player, I say again. I don't think the bluegrass has ever seen a kid like this. Alan Houston? Ranked #1 in his class - not sure.

    I know we cant jump to conclusions because he still has 4 more years to play (wherever that may be) but watch where he goes in 4 years and track his performance in college. I think in 6 years or so he will be in the league.

    I am probably too high on him but here is my thoughts:

    He is as good as a dribbler than Tyler Ulyss (Shoots better than Tyler right now). Huge complement!
    He's not from B.G. correct? Didn't he move to Bowling Green from Tennessee?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ADopted ADmiral View Post
    He's not from B.G. correct? Didn't he move to Bowling Green from Tennessee?
    He's from Baltimore by way of Nashville, TN. Played varsity as a seventh grader in Nashville last year.

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    I could be way off on this, and by no means taking a shot at the kid because I've seen him up close and he is REALLY good, but.....I was told he should be a sophomore by age but has been held back a couple times when he was younger. Even if he was a sophomore he would be the best sophomore in this state by leaps and bounds. He's really good. As stated earlier though don't expect him to be at BG next season.

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    Zion Harmon is 15 years old

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    15 is typically a freshman and depending on when you turn 16 could be a normal sophomore age. I know a junior who was not held back or sent to school early and he played his entire junior season at 16. Typically freshmen turn 15 during the school year, sophomores turn 16, and juniors turn 17 if they have not been held back. If you connect the dots Zion made it out to TN through the AAU program,We All Can Go, who is based out of Nashville. NCAA rules for the recruiting tournaments require kids to live in the state of their AAU program or a border state(3 player limit). Several BG players also played for WACG and there are some family ties between BGHS and WACG so it was not unnatural he ended up at BGHS. Playing in the NIKE EYBL 17 year old league he was the talk of the league because nobody his age ever accomplished what he was able to do. He is beyond very good. Since WACG no longer has a spot in the 17U NIKE EYBL this year, it will be interesting to see where he ends up playing in the NIKE EYBL and how long he continues to be in BG. Regardless, he is very special and I am glad he had at least one season playing in KY HS basketball. It may be a long time before we see another like him that is so good so young.

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    In what world is 15 a typical freshman?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDeuce View Post
    In what world is 15 a typical freshman?
    Most? I turned 15 in October of my freshman year. Most people project to be 18 when they graduate, unless they were extremely late in the cutoff (like a June or July birthday) or were held back. Zion will turn 19 at some point during his senior year. If he turned 19 before August he wouldn't even be eligible his senior year. By far, the majority of students that are 15 are freshmen. I've known a few who didn't turn that until they were sophomores, but that definitely is uncommon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDeuce View Post
    In what world is 15 a typical freshman?
    This world.

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    BTW, Zion is just now 15. Turned it today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coachlee View Post
    If you connect the dots Zion made it out to TN through the AAU program,We All Can Go, who is based out of Nashville. NCAA rules for the recruiting tournaments require kids to live in the state of their AAU program or a border state(3 player limit). Several BG players also played for WACG and there are some family ties between BGHS and WACG so it was not unnatural he ended up at BGHS. Playing in the NIKE EYBL 17 year old league he was the talk of the league because nobody his age ever accomplished what he was able to do. He is beyond very good. Since WACG no longer has a spot in the 17U NIKE EYBL this year, it will be interesting to see where he ends up playing in the NIKE EYBL and how long he continues to be in BG.
    I just read he switched to Boo Williams out of Virginia. With that border state rule, that keeps his options open. He could still be in Bowling Green and play for a Virginia based team. But, of course, Virginia also borders Maryland, where he's from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DragonFire View Post
    BTW, Zion is just now 15. Turned it today.
    In the world where kids enter kindergarten at the age of 5, that has them turning 15 in their freshman year of school, so that means Zion at one time reclassified during his school age years. That is not unlike many kids playing high school basketball, I bet the percentage would shock most of us and is close to 10% or more. With that in mind, his age does nothing to change the fact he is a true young phenom in this sport. I am glad we were able to have him part of KY HS basketball and wish him the best where ever his future takes him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDeuce View Post
    In what world is 15 a typical freshman?
    That's what I was thinking. I was 14 as a freshman and graduated at 17.

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    I just watched some highlight video of him. This kid has unreal talent!!! Hope UK can get an inside track on him and eventually sign him. With his age he might decide to try to graduate one year early if possible.

    Can't wait to watch him in action at Rupp next week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Professor View Post
    That's what I was thinking. I was 14 as a freshman and graduated at 17.
    Then you were either like me and had a birthday that fell after graduation day (summer birthday) or you entered kindergarten as a 4 year old. Those are the only two ways you can graduate at 17. The law of numbers apply here, most kids enter kindergarten at 5 and turn 18 their senior year of high school.

    Or you could have been so smart they moved you ahead a grade or skipped a grade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coachlee View Post
    Then you were either like me and had a birthday that fell after graduation day (summer birthday) or you entered kindergarten as a 4 year old. Those are the only two ways you can graduate at 17. The law of numbers apply here, most kids enter kindergarten at 5 and turn 18 their senior year of high school.

    Or you could have been so smart they moved you ahead a grade or skipped a grade.
    I definitely wasn't the part I bolded.

    My birthday is in June.

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