Opportunity is one of the most surefire methods for determining how effective a player can be, both in the present day and into the future. With public schools having uncertainty about games or outright cancelling their season, guys like Tristin Harkins are strapped in terms of options. However, the guard prospect recently made his move from Pine Forest to Cape Fear Christian Academy, and it should be an ideal fit for both sides. But why?
Harkins brought so much to the table throughout the summer, including at our Summer Havoc, where we stated, “The Fayetteville Flash have quietly been one of the more intriguing young squads on display, and Tristin Harkins really stood out among their most consistent performers throughout the event. He’s a long, wiry guard with a unique combination of ruggedness and smoothness. Harkins is extremely tough, and it’s evident in the way he defends all types of opponents. Not only does he accept physical play, he seems to welcome it. Harkins forced dozens of turnovers, both at the point of attack and by jumping into passing lanes, and made great decisions in transition. He’s a reliable rebounder that embraces doing the little things while still controlling the action and standing out as a leader. Though Harkins was undeniably impressive on defense, he was equally as reliable as an all-around offensive dynamo. He showcased a strong balance between playmaking and three-level scoring, but seemed to be at his best down the stretch when the lights were at their brightest. Folks should be buzzing about Harkins after his showing at Summer Havoc, and his recruitment should subsequently follow in suit.”
He also shined with his regular Team Wall group on various occasions, but regardless, Cape Fear Christian is getting a winner and true competitor. Not only does Harkins provide a smooth, intelligent, well-rounded offensive skillset, but his toughness and defensive understanding is arguably equally as impressive. His ability to legitimately thrive from either guard position is a massive part of what makes him so valuable. Harkins can run a team as a floor general or assert himself as a polished off-ball scoring threat from all three levels, both with relative ease. His recruitment should trend upward for the foreseeable future, especially as a leader for Cape Fear Christian.