2021 guard Cyncier Harrison was a known name in North Carolina not long ago, playing at Providence Day before heading to Georgia and playing at New Faith Christian Academy. Phenom Hoops got a look at Harrison at Providence Day’s open gym last year and also when he played with Team Charlotte last summer.
Strolling back to what was said about Harrison, this is what we saw:
“Harrison is the lead point guard for the Chargers once again, as the point guard brings vision, skill, handles, and scoring capabilities to the table. Whether it is with or without the ball, he knows how to bring a positive effect to the team. Harrison is a very good spot-up shooter but is that guard that can see the floor well, unselfish when pushing the tempo, and can create for himself. He will be one of the leading scorers for this team but gets it done on both ends.”
Fast forward to today, Harrison continues to put in the hard work with his game and his recruitment continues to rise. That is why we wanted to reach out to check in on the latest, as he provides what has been going on.
PHR: Over the last year, how would you best describe your growth in your game?
Harrison: I have focused on not only scoring for myself but also getting my teammates involved much more as well as making them better on and off the floor. Using my IQ to create mismatches and exploit them have become a huge strength of mine. I pride myself in my leadership and ability to get guys to play at their full potential and motivate them to their highest point.
PHR: What was it like playing in Georgia this past season?
Harrison: It was definitely a challenge switching over from the Hoop State to Georgia because I have played in North Carolina all my life. As soon as a couple of games went by though, I began to create a buzz in the Atlanta area that there was a new guy in town. And that led to teams keying on me and facing different defensive strategies but my team and I were on the same page all year long, so we went on to win the Nation Christian Championship held in Ohio at the end of the year. It’s been a great transition.
PHR: How has your recruitment been going in your eyes?
Harrison: It’s been going pretty well ever since last summer from playing with PSB to playing with Team Charlotte and playing in some of the team camps. I’ve had an array of schools from low D1 to high D1 showing interest and had talked of visits going into my junior and senior year but then the pandemic occurred and it shook things up a bit. After Wake Forest offered, I began to see a bunch of other similar schools start to contact me and some of the mid-majors cooled off. I have added a lot to my game during this off period and I am willing to give everyone who pursues me a chance in my recruiting process.
PHR: What did Wake have to say when they offered?
Harrison: It was a different coaching staff from when they first started recruiting me but Coach Childress continued to pursue me and stayed in contact with me and my parents. He preached that he thought I would fit the way the team played and would fit in with the culture around Wake Forest. And when the time was right, they offered me a scholarship.
PHR: What other offers do you hold right now?
Harrison: North Florida, UNCG, Lafayette, Appalachian State, Elon, North Carolina A&T, and Wake Forest. As far as interests, schools like Miami, UConn, Tennessee, Charlotte, Clemson, Murray State, Providence, UT-Martin, Virginia Tech, and Georgetown.
PHR: From the offers, who has been recruiting you’re the hardest?
Harrison: Definitely Wake Forest.
PHR: What have those schools that have been showing interest your way been saying in general?
Harrison: For the most part, wanting to get me on campus and see the environment of the school as well as seeing if it would be a fit academically.
PHR: What type of program or system would fit for you at the next level?
Harrison: Doing a lot of research and watching film, I have seen a lot of college offenses ran and executed. I believe I can fit in and adjust to pretty much all of them. The one I’d feel most comfortable with at the next level would be an offense that runs a lot of screen and roll or read and react or even a five out with a bunch of movement and different screens as well. Playing with another guard wouldn’t be a problem either because I feel like I don’t need the ball in my hands all the time to make an impact on the game as a whole.