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Haralson will be spring decision

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Every time Scottie Haralson walks into the gym at Provine High School in Jackson, Miss., he sees the faces that have paved the way before him.
In time, the 6-foot-3, 195-pound senior guard is hoping to be counted amongst some of the top players that have graduated from the Magnolia State powerhouse.
Former Ole Miss players Justin Reed and David Sanders both have their pictures framed on the wall at Provine. So does Jackson State point guard Charlie White. Haralson hopes to be next.
"I'm not just playing for myself. I'm playing for the people that went before me, who started the dynasty here at Provine," Haralson said. "I want to leave high school and have people saying, 'I remember when Scottie Haralson.' Twenty years from now, I'd like to go back to the gym and see my picture on the wall."
Haralson averaged 22.1 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals a game for Provine, winners of last year's 5A state championship. The three-star guard is already off to a hot start this year. He scored 25 points in the season opener on Tuesday night.
"It felt real good to get back out there. I was real anxious over the summer to play my senior season and to get ready for college," Haralson said. "I want to get better each and every game. So last night was a pretty good game."
With the season now rolling ahead, Haralson said he has put his recruitment on the backburner. That includes a decision this fall. Haralson said he will sign late.
"I want to see what else might happen. You never know who might come in towards the end," he said. "Wherever I go, I'm going to work hard and help the team get better."
Minnesota will certainly be involved, he said. Haralson took only one official visit in the fall and that was to the Big Ten program.
"It went pretty good. I enjoyed it. They showed me a pretty good time up there," Haralson said. "I feel like I could really help the program and come in and play right away and be better. Coach (Tubby) Smith is a great coach and he could make me the best player that I could be."
Penn State, Arkansas, Georgia State (offered) and others are still involved, he said. There is one SEC school he hopes jumps into the picture this season.
"I've always wanted to go to LSU. You never know, they might start recruiting me. I always had a feel for playing for them," Haralson said. "But you never know what happens."
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