North Edgecombe (Tarboro, N.C.) junior Montrezl Harrell has visited East Carolina, South Carolina and Wake Forest previously. This weekend, the 6-7, 230-pound forward heads to Blacksburg for a closer look at Virginia Tech, which has extended a scholarship offer to the Rivals.com and Scout.com 4-star athlete.
“I have a good relationship with the coaching staff, especially with Coach Richardson. This weekend, I’m looking forward to getting a feel for everything,” said Harrell, who will see Virginia Tech take on Duke on Saturday night. He plans to stay overnight at Tech before heading home Sunday.
Clemson, ECU, Miami, South Carolina, UNC-Wilmington, Wake Forest and Xavier join Virginia Tech in hot pursuit of Harrell, who was asked which schools, if any, had caught his attention.
“A few schools have caught my attention,” said Harrell, who plans to make a verbal commitment at the end of the coming AAU season. “I like Virginia Tech, Miami, Wake Forest and Clemson. They are standing out right now.”
Head coach Seth Greenberg, who was in attendance for North Edgecombe’s 57-52 win over South Halifax in the Tar Roanoke Conference semifinals on February 16, is pursuing Harrell for a role similar to that of current Tech senior Jeff Allen. According to the versatile junior, most schools see him as a combo forward.
“I think I played good this season,” said Harrell, who had 18 points in the conference semifinal contest. North Edgecombe (21-3) went on to win the conference title before bowing out in the first round of the state tournament. “I contributed a lot to the team with rebounds and blocks. I was first in our conference and second in our conference in rebounds and blocks. I’m not sure which one was first, but I was first in one and second in the other.”
Harrell scored many of his points attacking the rim, but he is working to improve his outside shot as well as his ball-handling ability. He is pleased with the progress he has made in both areas as he heads toward AAU season with the Carolina Elite.
“I keep working every day to try and get better,” he said. “I get shots up every day. Every weekend, I work one day weightlifting and the other day on ball-handling and shooting.”
The weekend visit to Tech will be Harrell’s first. Stay tuned for reaction...
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