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.