It's amazing how a player's recruitment, or lack thereof, can force a guy to change his approach. South Carolina native Damarcus Harrison entered the summer without much buzz from college coaches. His play in Orlando and other venues changed that and now he should be able to choose a high major program this fall.
According to Dion Bethea the program director for the Carolina Ravens, the 6-foot-4 shooting guard who will spend his senior year at Arden (N.C.) Christ School took a look at where his recruitment was and realized he needed to make some changes.
"I think it was his recruitment," said Bethea of Harrison's improved play. "He felt like last year it was just ok, so he came out with something to prove that he could play at that high ACC, SEC level. His motivation had a lot to do with it."
A high scoring wing who can shoot it with range, the biggest thing was that Harrison proved that his game was much more diverse than people had given him credit for.
"I picture him eventually being a combo," Bethea told Rivals.com. "I think he handles the ball pretty well, he shoots the ball pretty well and the surprise everybody saw this spring and summer was the way he defends."
From the sounds of it, five schools look to be emerging from the pack. Harrison will take his first official visit to BYU on the weekend of September 4th. After that he'll head to Florida State the weekend of the 17th and then he'll visit Marquette (date to be set) and likely Virginia.
Last weekend, he visited Clemson unofficially.
"The Clemson visit went real well," said Bethea. "He said that they showed him a lot of stuff where he felt he could fit in there."
For now, the plan for Harrison is to finish setting his visits, take them and then make a choice in time for the early signing period.
"I think he's going to get over with during the fall," said Bethea. "I think it will have a lot to do with roster because that comes with playing time. Also skill development, who is going to try and help him get to the next level? Of course, a family environment is somehting he's going to need too."