One of the better prospects in Arizona's 2019 Class emerged recently at this year's Arizona Preps Fall Showcase. Hillcrest Prep 6-foot-8 senior forward John Harge is one of the state's top overall prospects in the state after recently moving to the state of Arizona to attend the program. A native of Colorado, Harge is now one of the top unsigned recruiting targets in the class, and will be one of the more sought after prospects late for division-I college programs to take a hard look at.
Harge is a nice find, as he has good overall size and length and is able to play inside and out on the basketball court. His natural position is as a four-man, but he has good overall versatility as a player and is able to step outside on the perimeter and make plays, which is a very attractive attribute for the talented prospect. He could develop into a 3 also over time, as a result of his versatility as a player. Harge is a gifted prospect that I believe will attract his share of college recruitment the remainder of this high school season.
Currently, Harge has one offer for himself from IUPUI, but I expect him to reel in many more scholarship offers throughout the season, especially as college programs begin to catch a glimpse of him and his talent level. Look for Harge to garner much recruiting interest from the mid-major level over time.
Harge is skilled for a taller prospect and has a nice repertoire of skills to go with good overall size. He is a good looking young man also, and should fill out nicely over time as he matures physically and begins to add some size and strength to his frame. He could easily add another 15 - 20 pounds to his frame, and will see his overall game progress a great deal once he does. He is a good shooter of the basketball and has a soft shooting stroke, while also being able to handle the basketball in the open floor.
Harge is an active rebounder and competes hard in the paint, while also running the floor hard. He is a good finisher in the paint as well, and has good low-post footwork and solid low-post moves to go with a solid perimeter skillset.
The Fall Showcase over the past 20 years has always produced top-notch talent, while also being a forum for lesser known prospects to emerge. This year's event could become known in the future as the event that produced Harge, as I believe that this young man is definitely one prospect that should benefit a great deal from his play in this year's event.
I will continue to to follow the recruitment and development of Harge throughout the high school season, and bring you updates on him as they continue to develop.