Monday, March 26, 2012

Cornell Recruit Holt Harmon Featured in the Plano Star




When Plano West boys basketball head coach Anthony Morgan first watched now-senior Holt Harmon play, he knew he had something special.

"I saw it when Holt was an eighth grader," Morgan said. "I knew he was a kid that would be able to help our program right away and it's been amazing watching him grow and develop as a player."

Morgan may have known Harmon could help the Wolves, but he probably didn't know the 6-foot-8 forward would graduate as one of the best players in West history.

The truth is in the statistics.

Harmon holds the record for most games in a season (37), most career starts (110), most career games (129) and most career charges taken (51) at West. He also has the second most charges taken in a career (19) and is third all-time for the Wolves in terms of points scored. Harmon's tally of 983 points is behind only Sterling Melville (1,053) and Jackson Jeffcoat (1,180).

"Holt put up some astronomical numbers," Morgan said.

But even more impressive than the individual accomplishments is the fact Harmon has been a part of more West playoff victories (eight) than any player in program history.

Harmon started racking up the numbers early as he made varsity as a freshman and played behind Jeffcoat.

"Holt was strong and could shoot well," Morgan said. "And what really set him apart was that he had such great composure, especially for a younger player.

"He kept growing with the program and got better each year."

That allowed Harmon to eventually get a scholarship to Cornell, putting him alongside Melville (Colgate), Geoffrey Groselle (Creighton), Mike Groselle (The Citadel), Jimmie Jones (Houston), Tyler Melville (Dartmouth) and Bakari Turner (Baylor) as West players to sign or commit to Division I schools.

Harmon is the latest on that list, but his play this season may help the list grow by another as senior TJ Cline was offered by Air Force on Wednesday. Cline had a huge senior season, thanks in part to his ability to work in tandem with Harmon.

"Holt is a guy that can make other people better," Morgan said.

But as of now, West doesn't have many players better than Harmon.

"Our program has done well and Holt has been a big part of that for four years," Morgan said. "Holt is a good player, a good kid, a great student and a great citizen. To have a player like that come through the program and get a scholarship to play at the next level is a coach's dream."

Groselle dubbed all-conference

While West has several current collegiate players, these former Wolves aren't just taking up roster spots, they are making an impact.

Mike Groselle is a prime example of this as The Citadel junior has been named all-Southern Conference.

Groselle placed top three in the conference in five categories: rebounding (first, 9.8 per game); offensive rebounds (first, 3.6); defensive rebounds (second, 6.2); scoring (third, 16.6) and field goal percentage (third, 59.1 percent). This season, Groselle put up 14 double-doubles to break the school's single-season record.

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