High School Basketball

Reports: Top high school guard Zion Harmon ruled ineligible

Zion Harmon, center, played for Adair County last season, but his eligibility for 2018-19 is up in the air after multiple reports that the KHSAA has ruled him ineligible to play at Marshall County.
Zion Harmon, center, played for Adair County last season, but his eligibility for 2018-19 is up in the air after multiple reports that the KHSAA has ruled him ineligible to play at Marshall County.

Zion Harmon, one of the highest-ranked basketball players in the class of 2021, has been ruled ineligible to play at Marshall County High School, according to multiple reports.

The WestKentuckyStar.com’s Joe Jackson and PaducahSun.com’s Al Willman each cited unnamed sources in reporting the news on Twitter on Wednesday.

In response to inquiries about Harmon’s status, the KHSAA released this statement: “We do not comment on eligibility cases in accordance with FERPA guidelines.” FERPA is an education privacy law.

Reached by phone Wednesday afternoon, Mike Harmon, Zion’s father, whose profession is a traveling nurse, said he’d just woken up and hadn’t heard anything about his son’s status.

Harmon, a 5-foot-9 five-star prospect, is currently regarded as the No. 8 player in his class and the No. 1 point guard, according to the 247Sports Composite Index. He enrolled at Marshall County to begin his sophomore year, according to a story published in June on VaughtsViews.com.

He was part of the 2017 Boys’ Sweet Sixteen champion Bowling Green team as an eighth-grader and played at Adair County last season.

Harmon has college offers from five schools, including Auburn, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. His father has indicated he might reclassify to the class of 2020.

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