Billups Brings Harrell Jr. Home; Joins Denver for 2018-19
Former 6-foot-7 Creighton standout set to debut with DU in the fall
June 13, 2018
DENVER - University of Denver men's basketball head coach Rodney Billups announced the signing of incoming graduate transfer Ronnie Harrell Jr. on Wednesday. The Denver native will join the Pioneers for the upcoming 2018-19 year.
Harrell Jr. spent the last four seasons at Creighton.
The 6-foot-7 guard/forward brings some serious versatility to DU this upcoming season after playing numerous positions with the Bluejays during his time there. Harrell Jr. will be counted on to play positons one through four on the court for the Crimson and Gold.
The Denver native played extensively as a point guard in the 2017 Big East Tournament final and the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
"Ronnie comes to us from Creighton as a very versatile player, both offensively and defensively," Billups said. "He can play multiple positions, from point guard to forward and be able to guard those positions as well. He comes to us as a very prideful Denver native, who's ready to throw on that Denver across his chest and compete for as long and as hard as he possible can."
"I'm very excited about the improvement we made with the signing of Ronnie. I am really excited to coach him. I wanted to coach him out of high school, but he chose to go to Creighton instead of Colorado, where I was at the time. Now I get the opportunity to get him in our locker room and develop his game even more as a post-grad student-athlete. I am just excited for that opportunity."
Harrell Jr. played 85 games for Creighton during his time there. While there, the former Denver East High standout built up his game by showcasing more on the court each year. As a junior, Harrell Jr. appeared in 30 games for the Bluejays, starting in 14. He averaged 7.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game while Creighton posted a 21-12 record and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The incoming Pioneer had several big games for CU in 2017-18, including scoring a career-high 18 points to go with five rebounds, four assists and two steals in a win over then-No. 19 Seton Hall back on Jan. 17.
Harrell Jr. also had 13 points and six rebounds against 10th-ranked Xavier on Jan. 13. He recorded a double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds) at home against Nebraska on Dec. 9.
At Denver East High School, Harrell Jr. was ranked as the 71st best prospect in the country by ESPN as a senior, earning a four-star rating. He posted averages of 16.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists as a senior for the Angels.
The Crimson and Gold will return to the hardwood to begin practices in the fall.
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