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June 30, 2008Ryan Harrow had only one goal in mind when he went to visit North Carolina State today.
The rising junior point guard committed to NC State on Monday, a day later than planned, joining forward C.J. Leslie as Class of 2010 commitments for the Wolfpack.
Harrow met with NC State coach Sidney Lowe this morning, and was joined by his mother, Fern Harrow, and his brother-in-law Erasto Hatchett, who is the assistant coach at the Concord (N.C.) Cannon School, where Harrow attended for three years before transferring to Marietta (Ga.) Walton High last January.
Once Harrow got the go-ahead from Coach Lowe and his mother to commit, the decision was easy.
"The big thing I like is Coach Lowe," Harrow said. "He's played in the NBA and coached in the NBA, and now he's coaching in college. He can make me an NBA point guard if I get that far."
Harrow admittedly has wanted to commit to NC State ever since attending the elite camp June 11-12. He also previously attended a UNC at NC State home game, and has been on the Wolfpack radar over the last year. The recruitment started to heat up after he impressed the NCSU coaches at the elite camp, getting the attention of Lowe in particular.
"I just like the school and I like Coach Lowe," Harrow said. "When I went there for the elite camp, I liked the team. They were cool, The assistant coaches, campus and facilities were nice. I like that I can go to the practice facility and work on my game at any time."
The 6-foot, 150-pound Harrow is currently unranked by Rivals.com, but is coming off a solid showing at the GBOA South tournament in Norcross, Ga. He also played well in the Kingwood Classic in April and the Wallace Prather Memorial in May. He'll be playing this summer with Louis Williams Elite, playing some with the 16s and 17s.
Harrow received his first offer from UT-Chattanooga, and Auburn also offered. He received interest from Clemson, Kentucky, Wake Forest, Florida, Texas, Marquette, Cincinnati, Davidson, St. John's and Tennessee.
Harrow attended the Clemson elite camp the weekend of June 20-21, but even though he scored 50 points in a game, he didn't get the same feeling from the Tigers' coaches.
"NC State was the biggest school on me and they were coming at me the hardest," Harrow said. "They were talking to me and calling me, and I called them. My dream since I was little was to play in the ACC. The best conference to play in is the ACC."
Harrow will officially sign with NC State during the 2009 November signing period.
Stay tuned to The Wolfpacker for a video interview with Harrow on his commitment and more reaction to the newest NC State recruit.