Miami women’s basketball received a commitment from one of the top rising seniors in the country on May 10, as Leah Harmon, ranked by espnW as the No. 24 player in her class, announced her pledge to the Hurricanes.
This decision was a no-brainer for the talented guard.
“I pretty much had my mind set on Miami, so there was no real competition as far as like, ‘Okay, I’m down to like these three or these five schools, and how I have to choose,’” Harmon told LifeWallet Sports. “I took one official visit. It just felt like home instantly. It just felt like the one. Honestly, it had no competition.”
One of the deciding factors in Harmon’s recruitment was the great relationship she built with UM head coach Katie Meier.
“Oh my god. She was just amazing. She is so nice all the time. She was always honest. It felt super genuine, and I know that’s something to take into consideration with colleges. Some colleges will just say things to you that get you there but once you get there it’ll be different, Harmon said about Meier. “I think that she really values her players, seeing her in person, seeing the relationship with her players and how she interacts with them. It’s kind of like your coach but also kind of like another mother kind of sense.”
Harmon, who is 5-foot-6, also likes how Miami’s system utilizes smaller guards. Lashae Dywer, along with Haley and Hanna Cavinder, stood at 5-foot-6 and were all contributors to the Hurricanes’ historic Elite Eight run last season.
Harmon is a do-it-all offensive player who projects as a high-level point guard in college. She
is an excellent facilitator and can score the ball from deep, in the mid-range and at the rim. Harmon also takes pride in her leadership ability, which is an important skill for a player at her position to have.
“I’m a point guard, so I think one of my main jobs and what I think I do well is [being] a leader, talking on the court, being a good leader to people, where they need to be at on the floor, what they’re doing wrong … just make people feel comfortable playing with me on the court,” Harmon said.
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