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Curious case of in-state star Zion Harmon

What’s next for the Bluegrass star?

Zion Harmon is a top player in 2021
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Zion Harmon is the highest rated player in the state of Kentucky and currently attends Adair County High School as apart of the 2021 high school class but that may change.

Harmon has been subject of reclassification into the 2020 class but don’t expect that change to happen for at least another year.

Recently, Harmon finished up his freshman year at Adair County where they reached the 5th Region semifinals. That came after he claimed a Sweet Sixteen basketball title the year before when he played for the varsity team as an eighth-grader at Bowling Green.

Now that Harmon has completed his freshman year, he may be on the move again.

Zion Harmon actually made his name known in elementary school coming out of the state of Maryland then moved to Tennessee as a seventh-grader. Now, after playing on a high school basketball team for two years already, despite being a freshman, the prep high school powerhouses are coming a knocking.

Edward Marlowe of the Paducah Sun got the inside scoop with Mike Harmon, Zion’s father, who has also done his fair share of moving around being a traveling nurse, mentioned that Huntington Prep in West Virginia and Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in Tennessee have reached out.

Hamilton Heights Christian Academy should sound familiar and that’s because former Wildcat, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander graduated from there last spring. Despite the interest from out of state, Mike Harmon also pointed out that staying in the state of Kentucky would be beneficial as well, crediting the coaching and competition at the guard position, as well as playing at the highest level of AAU. Sounds like Kentucky’s in state star is staying put.

Zion’s AAU experience this spring hasn’t necessarily been a good one thus far. Going into the spring AAU season he was slated to be a member of the Bluff City Legends, a team that featured 2019 commit D.J. Jeffries and top 2019 target James Wiseman.

Immediately, it sounded like a perfect opportunity given the Kentucky connections already in place, but the honeymoon didn’t last long at all. After spending only two weeks with the Bluff City Legends, formally Team Penny, Zion revealed to Curtis Burch of Big Blue Insider that he was kicked off the team “because of politics” but was quickly adopted by another Nike AAU team on the same circuit Brad Beal Elite.

Harmon has previous played for other Nike AAU teams such as Memphis, Tennessee based W.A.C.G. (We All Can Go) as the first seventh grader ever to play on the U-17 AAU circuit and the Norfolk, Virginia based program Boo Williams which featured Keldon Johnson just last year.

Take the comments about his time with the Bluff City Legends as you may but I can assure you he wasn’t kicked off for lack of effort. You can see Zion give his former team some buckets in this video as well as the interview with Curtis Burch from Big Blue Insider. Although he doesn’t currently hold an offer from Kentucky one can’t help but think that Zion Harmon just might look good in Kentucky blue one day.

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