Posted On: 10/18/17 6:00 AM

Following a strong grassroots season with the NEO Shooting Stars, 6’2” combo guard Brandon Haraway (2019) received his first scholarship offer. One of the top Division II programs in the state, Ashland, decided to extend an offer, pushing Haraway from “underrated” to “on the radar.”

“They started watching me at the beginning of summer and have watched me ever since … I’ve been to unofficial stuff and open gyms [at Ashland]. But no official visit yet.”

“I feel I fit in well with them because they just push their players to work hard all the time and that’s what I need,” Haraway said.

Haraway, who does it all for Norwalk High School in the winters, also has the attention of a couple D-IIs out of West Virginia.

“West Liberty showed some interest. And Alderson Broaddus showed a little bit of interest too,” Haraway said.

Decision time is a far way off. But, when the time comes, Haraway is looking for a school that provides a path for him to be a nurse.

“I want to major in biology, in one of the medical fields. And then go to graduate school and go for nursing … I grew up around it, both of my parents being nurses,” Haraway said.

Haraway hasn’t taken the ACT yet. He carries a 3.5 GPA.

Haraway is quite the offensive weapon. He consistently gets a step on his defender because of his speed and quickness as a ball-handler. From there, he’s equally willing to pull or find an open teammate.

“I think my best skill it is being able to create my own shot, getting to the basket. Then, also, getting by my man and then kicking it for a wide open shot to my teammates.,” Haraway explained.

At Norwalk, the team needs Haraway to do a bit of everything.

“I’m doing more of like everything. Having to be all over the court, playing all of the positions. And then having to guard multiple positions also.”

“We didn’t do good last year. Actually, I missed 13 games because I had a tricep injury in football. I got to play nine games. And in the nine games that I played, we went 5-4 and we made it to the Sectional Finals,” Haraway said.

Haraway, who showed no outward signs of pain in the grassroots season, confirmed that his injury has had no lingering affect on his game. Haraway no longer plays football.

Heading into the season, Haraway has been training with Drew Slone of Elevate Basketball Academy in Columbus, focusing on shooting.