Jeff Gravley

Questions about Ryan Harrow

Posted April 26, 2011

Freshman point guard Ryan Harrow and Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried decided it was best for Harrow to transfer from NC State.

The press release stated that they "reached a mutual decision." That tells me the new staff wasn't completely sold on Harrow as their point guard of the future.

That's a far cry from the scene at Sammy's Tap and Grill on November 11,2009. Wolfpack fans gave Harrow a standing ovation as he entered the room to sign his letter of intent with NC State. The kid from Georgia was all smiles and appreciative of the applause. "Look at how they treat me now," Harrow said. "I haven't even started playing."

His freshman season had points of great play in 29 games but it was two games Harrow missed that raised some questions.

He missed the first opportunity to play against North Carolina. Feeling sick, Harrow rode the bus to Chapel Hill but didn't dress. That irked one former Wolfpack player I spoke with. "If he's too sick to play, he's too sick to travel," the player told me. "I would have been embarrassed to sit there on the bench." 

Harrow missed the next game against Virginia Tech with what was called a virus. Some of his teammates started to question his toughness, not publicly, but they were willing to speak off the record.

Was he strong enough emotionally to be a point guard in the ACC as a freshman?

Following Harrow on twitter, I read many posts that sounded more like a 14-year old than an ACC basketball player. He'd tell you when he wanted ice cream or cereal. Someone stepped on his shoes or sat on his hat. 

I don't doubt his talent but he needs to toughen up. A year away from college basketball will help Ryan Harrow. Now he just needs to find a new home. 

Harrow's AAU coach, Dewayne Jackson, told the Kentucky website CatsPause.com that Harrow was on Kentucky's campus on Tuesday and Tennessee could also be an option. 

 

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  • lmartin152 Apr 29, 12:50 p.m.

    No offense taken, that was kind of my point. I've heard about Davis, Feinstein, and Doyel lately and my statement was a reaction to an apparently honest appraisal of a local situation by a local reporter who's based right across the street from the source of this situation. How could Jeff Gravley have any less insight about this than any of the nationally known "experts"?

    Gregg Doyel has nothing on denismcal when it comes to angry hate pieces.

  • Warren G. is back Apr 29, 7:45 a.m.

    **meant**

  • Warren G. is back Apr 29, 7:44 a.m.

    This from a man in the know locally, who does this for a living. Would think he would have at... View More

    — Posted by lmartin152

    No offense, but Gregg Doyle has ZERO credibility. He writes angry, hate pieces menat to draw readers to CBS's website.

  • blw81712 Apr 28, 11:30 p.m.

    Nice to hear all this tough guy talk from a bunch of couch potatoes! He was a KID under a bad coach. Funny, Lowe hasnt had a decent point guard since he came to town. So now all of these pg's had no game?! Give the young man a break. He probably was just more familar with another coach and dedided to leave. Not like he was a malcontent like LD2. You slackpackers need to grow up! GO HEELS!!! 2012 NATIONAL CHAMPS!!!

  • RochesterRedWolf Apr 28, 12:36 p.m.

    i really liked this kid, we all did, im sure even some dookies and tarholes admired his handle and hops, but the kid disappeared in the most crucial part of the season, and i don't recall him hitting any big shots. He airballed/bricked so many of his threes i wasn't even hopeful as he pulled up to shoot. His floaters and bank shots also stopped falling. Looks and sounds like (from what we are hearing) that he mailed it in a long time ago

  • jayparks0228 Apr 28, 11:29 a.m.

    I also questioned him about the Carolina game. If you're that flu-ridden, why are you on the bench risking spreading your virus to teammates? Didn't look right then or now. And to hear teammates also question that fact! Not the look of a 5 star recruit. Probably, wherever he winds up, won't hear from him again. No way he'll be at Kentucky or Tennessee!

  • FAN72 Apr 27, 7:58 p.m.

    He is gone. Enough said. Let's move on.

  • ncsufamily24 Apr 27, 5:02 p.m.

    Hokie 94:

    I agree with you. Too bad he's decided to leave State, but that's his decision.

    Wish him well and hope he develops into a great player.

  • Sauras69 Apr 27, 1:41 p.m.

    I wrote yesterday that he is immature, and he has a weak body right now. He will get stronger. He has the skills. But. Like some have written he is gone now.

  • tarheelgrad1998 Apr 27, 12:17 p.m.

    He may be immature, I don't know. But are we really judging character based on what someone posts on Twitter these days? I thought posting nonsense was what kids do on Twitter...

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