Posted On: 09/27/18 1:46 PM

After a strong summer competing for NDaGym, Raymore-Peculiar 2020 guard Matthew Harrison is gearing up for a breakout season.

At 6’2, 185-pounds, Harrison is a strong athlete capable of creating offense off the bounce and getting to the basket. He says he considers himself a shooter that can also get to the rim and finish.

Harrison spent the offseason competing for NDaGym and says he learned a lot from the coaches in the program and traveling the country.

“Playing with NDaGym has been exciting and I’ve learned a lot from (the coaches),” he said. “It’s definitely improved my toughness and my resiliency towards failures so I think I’m prepared for whatever the season may bring.”

Harrison has spent the offseason working on his ball handling and the nuances of the game in hopes it will pay off this upcoming season.

“I’m working on pick and roll reads and my defense — all around ,on ball and off ball,” he saud. 

Harrison says his older brother and his coaches have had the biggest influence on his basketball career to date.

“My brother Marc, he’s sacrificed a lot to help me with my improvement and I know he wants the best for me,” Harrison said.

A fan of Damien Lillard, Harrison says he appreciates the Portland guard’s aggressive style of play.

“I’ve started to watch people around my age, but I watch Damian Lillard a lot because I can take away him being aggressive with his shot and opening up more opportunities for him to drive,” Harrison said. 

Harrison does not yet hold any offers, but says he has drawn a lot of interest from multiple Division II programs, including Pittsburg State, Emporia State and Northeastern University.

“A lot of Division II schools have shown interested so far so I’m really excited to see how the season turns out and next summer,” Harrison says.