Former North Edgecombe standout Montrezl Harrell could be affected by the firing of Virginia Tech basketball coach Seth Greenberg.
Harrell, who has signed with the Hokies, might be willing to open up his recruitment in the wake of Greenberg’s firing Monday.
“It was a big surprise,” Harrell said in a telephone conversation. “He’s a great dude. Me and my dad will talk more Friday.”
Harrell’s father, Sam, said he will pick up his son from Hargrave Military Academy (Va.) this week, and the two will sit down as a family and decide the younger Harrell’s future.
“We’re going to weigh our options,” Sam Harrell said. “We haven’t talked about anything. More than likely, we’ll open up his recruitument. He hasn’t made a decision, but he has some ins and outs to go over.”
Harrell, the 2010-11 Telegram All-Area Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year, transferred to Hargrave Military for his senior season. The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 25.2 points and 13.8 rebounds for Hargrave Military, which finished the season 39-1.
He is rated the 82nd best prospect in the nation by rivals.com and the 89th prospect in ESPNU’s top 100.
Harrell committed to the Hokies during his junior year, but Sam Harrell said his son might have new options including N.C. State, Kentucky, Louisville, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Xavier.
Harrell said he will be home for three to four weeks this summer before he travels to Colorado to try out for USA Basketball’s U-18 team.
It is quite possible that one of the interested schools will unexpectedly land a dynamic, athletic player to their 2012 signing class.
“They’re gonna get an explosive player who plays smart on every possession,” Harrell said. “Whatever coach needs to get a win, I’ll do it. I’ll play hard on both ends of the court.”
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