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Blazing a New Path: West Hancock's Harmon picks John Wood

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West Hancock's Paxton Harmon made his college decision official Wednesday by signing with the John Wood basketball program. West Hancock's Paxton Harmon made his college decision official Wednesday by signing with the John Wood basketball program.

WARSAW, Ill. (WGEM) -- Paxton Harmon dominated in all phases this past winter as a senior for the West Hancock basketball team.

So much so that he nearly single handedly led the Titans to a sectional championship scoring 43 points in a season ending loss to Riverton.

Harmon's high school days officially came to an end Wednesday afternoon as he tipped off the next step in his career signing a national letter of intent with John Wood.

However, it wasn't until two years ago when Harmon came to believe a chance to play college basketball was a possibility.

"Towards the end of my junior year I started scoring easily and that's when I felt like maybe I could go and play college basketball. Up until than I always thought I'd be a college baseball player. That's when I started to realize it," Harmon said. 

"I just felt like (John Wood) was the best fit overall. I trusted my gut feeling and it was a tough choice but it's where I felt the most comfortable."

Harmon's ability to bring the ball up the floor, penetrate, hit the jump shot, and even post up his defender made him even more marketable for college recruiters.

His former coach, and now current coach, say Harmon's versatility is second to none.

"In baseball they call people five tool players, and in basketball we don't have a phrase for it, but we understand what that means," West Hancock head coach Reno Pinkston explained. 

"He can do a lot of different things and coaches can take advantage of those things."

According to John Wood head coach Brad Hoyt, "It really gets me excited to get to the fall. It gets me excited to get in the gym and sort of put other guys around him a little bit because he's got a chance to be one of those guys that's kind of the face of our program for a couple of years.

That's our expectation going into it."

Harmon is one of six commits so far for John Wood and he's the second local signee joining Illini West's Brody Gronewold.

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