When his name hit the transfer portal, Oklahoma Sooners point guard De’Vion Harmon instantly became one of the the most coveted players available.
In Kentucky’s alleged pursuit of a “true” point guard, it is no surprise that John Calipari is in the mix. Harmon recently opened up to 247 Sports about the specifics of his recruitment, including his timeline and potential suitors.
“The NBA is always the goal,” Harmon said. “I definitely want to keep doing that, I’m still training for it but as far as the portal, it’s just going in there and still being able to talk to coach [Porter] Moser and his staff but also being able to talk with everybody else, every other college program that may want me to come play for them. Really it’s just keeping the options open and just going by the day.”
Harmon has entered his name into the 2021 NBA Draft but is likely to return to the college ranks depending on the feedback he receives. He notes that he has heard from several college programs, and he broke down what each of them are using as their sales pitch.
Here is what he had about Kentucky and Indiana.
Kentucky: “Theirs was it is Big Blue Nation. ‘You know our history, you know our history with guys in the League, it’s different out here but this is what is going to prepare you for the NBA.’”
Indiana: “You know how the Hoosiers are. They called me and they’re supposed to have one of the coaches call me later and that will become a more clear message from them. They just said to come join Trayce Jackson-Davis and be the one-two punch.”
None of that is surprising, especially Indiana coming with the ‘Uh...let me hit you back later’ recruitment pitch. Kentucky certainly has a chance to land Harmon if they choose to offer, but there is some stiff competition out there.
In a separate article, De’Vion’s father, Deon Harmon, spoke with KSR about his son’s recruitment. The biggest takeaways were:
1. The Harmons are looking for a school that allows Harmon to be a true point guard, not a combo guard.
2. Deon thinks a decision could come within the next month and hope to have De’Vion enrolled for summer classes on June 1st.
3. While De’Vion is testing the NBA Draft process, the family prefers for him to be in school next season, whether it’s back at Oklahoma (returning to the Sooners is still an option) or at a new school.