Tulsa Basketball Signs Top Kansas City Senior
May 7, 2012
Tulsa, Oklahoma - The University of Tulsa's Danny Manning announced today the signing of his first recruit to a national letter-of intent as the Golden Hurricane head basketball coach. Tulsa has received the letter-of-intent from Kansas City star guard Shaquille Harrison.
Harrison, a 6'3", 175-pound combo guard, was a three-year letterman and two-year starter at Lee's Summit (Mo.) West High School. He averaged 17.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.2 steals as a senior. Harrison helped lead his team to a 27-4 record and to the state of Missouri's Class 5 Final Four, only to lose in the semifinals to eventual state champion McCluer North High School.
He was named the Suburban Mid-6 Conference Player of the Year and the Kansas City Star's Metro Player of the Year in his senior season. Harrison was one of five finalists for the DiRenna Award, which is presented to the top player in the Kansas City-metro area. He was also selected as the 610 Radio Sports Star of the Year in 2012 as well.
"We're very excited to have Shaq become part of our Tulsa basketball program. We're very fortunate in a sense that he was still available at this late stage in the recruiting game because of how talented of a player he is and the quality of young man that he is. The one thing that really stands out about Shaq is his determination and how hard he plays, especially on the defensive end of the floor," said Manning. "Shaq has been a multi-sport athlete throughout his high school career and we feel that once he's able to concentrate on one sport he'll continue to grow as a basketball player."
Harrison earned first-team all-state accolades as a senior and was a two-time all-district and all-conference selection. He also garnered all-tournament team merits at the Ray-Peck Tournament, Culver's Tournament and the William Jewell Holiday Tournament, where he earned MVP honors for two straight years.
Harrison set the single-season steals record at Lee's Summit West with 100 steals as a senior and finished his career second on the school's career scoring, steals and blocked shots lists, as well as fourth in assists and fifth in rebounding.
"Shaq is a tremendous young man. Everything that he's gotten has been through hard work. He's a very mature individual. He's come a long way in his high school career," said Lee's Summit West High School Coach Michael Schieber. "He's been our leader on the floor. As for his basketball talent, he's right up there with some of the best I've ever coached including Michael Dixon at Missouri and Todd Fletcher at the Air Force Academy."
Schieber added, "One thing that is very impressive about Shaq in my mind is how hard he plays on the defensive end. I think most players of his caliber take plays off on the defensive end, and he never did. He always played tremendously hard defensively. Offensively, he's a slasher, driver and finisher. He made the players around him better. In critical game situations, he was always the player we wanted to have the ball, whether it was him shooting it or setting someone up for a play.
"He'll need to improve his perimeter shooting, but he's been an all-around athlete and was a great football player and ran track, so he never concentrated on basketball for 365 days of the year. He certainly has the ability to be an outside scorer. He's a rangy, long kid who can play both the point and two-guard positions," said Schieber. "I definitely think his best basketball is in front of him."
"Shaq is a great competitor and his teams win. His transition to the college level will be positive as he'll now be able to concentrate on one sport," said L.J. Goolsby, coach of Harrison's AAU team, KC Run GMC. "Shaq is very good at getting to the basket as well as making plays for his teammates on the offensive side of the ball. He has great instincts defensively and has the ability to get his hands on the ball to create turnovers."
Tulsa Signees Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/HS PPG RPG November 2011 Signing Period Zeldric King F 6-7 220 Dallas, Texas/Cedar Hill 14.0 6.0 James Woodard G 6-4 170 Edmond, Okla./Memorial 16.4 6.7 D'Andre Wright F 6-9 215 Lawton, Okla./Eisenhower 18.0 10.0 April 2012 Signing Period Shaquille Harrison G 6-3 175 Kansas City, Mo./Lee's Summit 17.3 7.0
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