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Basketball: Guyer's Harmon commits to Oklahoma

Guyer point guard De'Vion Harmon didn't grow up an Oklahoma fan. But with extended family less than 30 minutes from Norman, a move north made a lot of sense.

After emerging as one of the top players in the country over the last two seasons, Harmon announced his decision to don the crimson and cream uniform the Sooners have made famous.

Harmon,'s No. 5 point guard and 42nd overall prospect in the class of 2019, committed to Oklahoma on Friday afternoon in front of a crowd of supporters in the Guyer auditorium.

"My family being up there played a really big role for me," Harmon said. "They mean the world to me — it's a lot more than basketball. Having them 25-30 minutes away is a huge plus. If I ever need help, I don't have to drive too far to see my grandparents. If I need a home-cooked meal — it's things like that."

The announcement came after Harmon narrowed his options to five schools in an Oct. 24 Twitter post. He chose the Sooners over Baylor, Oklahoma State, Marquette and Texas.

My Final 5 Schools‼️ #Blessed🙏🏾

— De'Vion Harmon (@TheDH11) October 24, 2017

Harmon's commitment is nonbinding, as the first time a class of 2019 recruit can sign a national letter of intent is in the fall of 2018.

"All the coaches that came and recruited him are great guys with great programs," Guyer coach Grant Long said. "But coach [Lon] Kruger at Oklahoma did a great job while they were here and made him feel comfortable."

Kruger took over prior to the 2011-12 season and has taken Oklahoma to the NCAA tournament four times, including a berth in the Final Four in 2016.

The stability of the program with Kruger at the helm was important in Harmon's decision.

"Coach Kruger — that's my guy," Harmon said. "He's the best coach in college basketball. He coaches his tail off and puts all of his effort into his players. I know we'll be good."

Harmon was named the co-MVP of District 6-6A as a sophomore, leading the Wildcats in every major statistical category except rebounds. He averaged 18.7 points, 4.8 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals to guide Guyer to a district championship.

He added to a long list of accolades over the summer when he earned a roster spot on the 2017 United States U16 national team. Harmon was one of 12 U.S. players who competed in the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Argentina.

He played a key part in helping the national team earn a gold medal, scoring 13 points in the championship game as Team USA routed Canada 111-60.

It was during the USA basketball experience that Harmon met Trae Young, who is now a freshman at Oklahoma. Young was able to give Harmon an idea of what to expect with the Sooners.

"Our relationship all started at USA basketball," Harmon said. "He wasn't committed yet, but once he committed, we became really close. That's my brother. I can't wait to get down there."

Harmon became the second Guyer player to commit to a Division I program this year, joining senior Grayson Carter, who committed to Georgetown over the summer.

The Wildcats enter the season ranked No. 2 in Class 6A, trailing only Austin Westlake in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches preseason poll.

For Harmon, the focus now shifts to leading the Wildcats to their first state championship on the hardwood.

"I'm happy all of this is behind me," Harmon said. "I'm excited — I really am. I get to step on the court with my brothers here at Guyer and make a run toward a state championship.

"The goal is to be playing that weekend right before spring break in March. It's a process. With hard work and dedication, we can do that."