Basketball: Guyer’s De’Vion Harmon Helps Life USA to Gold Medal

Basketball: Guyer’s De’Vion Harmon Helps Life USA to Gold Medal

by Steve Gamel

It’s pretty standard to hear about high school athletes competing in summer leagues with their select teams, or even simply getting out in their front yard to get a few extra hours of practice. It’s the offseason, but in this day and age, athletes never stop working to get better.

Guyer junior-to-be De’Vion Harmon is no exception. Well, in a manner of speaking.

Harmon got plenty of reps this summer, but did so playing for the U.S. U16 Men’s National Team. Harmon and company just got back from Argentina, where last month the U.S. won all five of its games to win a gold medal at the FIBA America’s U16 Championship in Formosa, Argentina. Harmon scored 13 points in a 111-60 win over Canada in the finals.

So how did he get there? Harmon is already regarded as one of the top point guards of his grade level in the nation. He was one of 32 top prospects – two from the Dallas-Fort Worth area – invited to a camp at the US. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It was at that camp that coaches and officials widdled down the group to a final 12-man roster that would represent the USA as it competed against teams from around the country.

And they did just that. Team USA beat Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Argentina en route to the finals. Including its win over Canada, the USA won by an average of nearly 58 points per game. They shot 60 percent from the floor against Canada, and Harmon scored 11 of his 13 points in the first half.

“I’m just going to experience this as much as I can,” Harmon told the Denton Record-Chronicle last month. “I’ve had the chance to play with great competition — they are all fast, strong and big. They are all great players, which helps you find out what type of player you are and what type of player you need to be. I’m learning as much as I can. That’s what this is all about.”

Team USA has now qualified for the 2018 U17 World Cup for Men.

As for Harmon, he will return to a loaded Guyer team that hopes to compete for a state title in Class 6A next season. As of press time, Harmon was ranked as the No. 10 point guard in the country in 247Sports’ composite rankings. He led the Wildcats in every major statistical category except rebounds as a sophomore, including scoring 18.7 points per game.

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