James Harden, the 6-foot-5, 200-pound shooting guard from Artesia High School in Rancho Dominguez, Calif., couldn't be happier with how he is playing throughout the first 15 games of the regular season. Because of his impressive play this year, a handful of high-major schools are showing an interest in the three-star prospect, but two schools in particular appear to be making a strong push for Harden.
"The season is going great so far," said Harden. We are 14-1 overall and I am playing pretty good. I have averaged 26-points and 10 rebounds per game during our first two league games. I have also hit seven three-pointers on the year, so I am happy with how I have played."
As far as his recruitment goes, Harden is receiving the most interest from the likes of Connecticut, Georgia Tech, Southern California, Texas and Washington State. However, it appears that two schools in particular are showing an increased amount of interest in Harden.
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"Washington State and Southern California are recruiting me the hardest right now," said Harden. "Those are the two schools that call the most and send the most letters. There are other schools that call and send me letters, but not as much as Washington State and Southern California."
Harden indicated that he plans to use all five official visits when that time comes, but has not decided what schools to visit. He talked about what factors will be important when he is finally ready to pick a school.
"I will definitely use all five visits before I decide on a school," said Harden. "The two biggest factors for me will be academics and then basketball. I really want to attend a school that has good academics.
"Location will not be a factor when I decide," he added. "Playing close to home is not going to play a role in my decision, so it doesn't really matter where the school is located."