The Two-Time Gold Medalist at Denton Guyer High School
Writer: Marcus Carr
DENTON—It is a normal afternoon at Denton Guyer High School, the bell rings at 3:15 for the final class of the day to begin but one student joins his teammates for practice to wrap up his school day.
Standing at 6’1”, De’Vion Harmon, walks in the gym alongside his basketball teammates, he greets the team trainers and managers with warm smiles as if they are his best friends. He slips his size 16 Nike Kobe Viii’s shoes on and throws a practice jersey over his USA basketball undershirt before practice begins.
The practice continues as any high school basketball practice would yet, Harmon noticeably separates himself from his teammates by talking to them on how to improve, and giving them tips on when to execute plays. He points out to his head coach what he notices on the floor and what could possibly work in different offensive and defensive schemes. This is impressive for such a young player to have the kind of basketball IQ to explain and identify to his coaches other players tendencies while also working on his game.
Harmon is committed to the University of Oklahoma, and is ranked the No. 53 player in the nation for the class of 2019. He flourished into the national spotlight in 2016, and in 2017 he secured his first gold medal while playing with team USA in the FIBA Americas U16 Championship. With only 12 players who make the team, it is extremely difficult to adjust to the style of basketball that is expected.
“The first [gold medal] is definitely hard because you’re in Colorado, there is a lot of factors, high elevation, different ball,” Harmon said. “You’re playing with different guys that are good and maybe even better than you so you just have to adapt.”
Harmon followed up his first gold medal winning a second in the summer of 2018 in the FIBA U17 World Cup, despite being one of the nine players on the roster to win two gold medals, he believes this was the most difficult one.
“You have to think about the people who didn’t make it before then, so you have a target on your back, that “I’m going after your spot” and they’re coming after your spot, so you have to go even harder,” Harmon said. “Some people say the first one is easier than the second but that is absolutely false.”
Harmon is a key component for the Denton Guyer team, the No. 2 team in 6A Texas basketball, as a point guard he provides everything a coach could ask for. He believes the gold medals and being able to train with USA basketball make him a better player and teammate not just at the high school level but as well as when he arrives in Oklahoma next fall but for now he is focused on adding a 6A basketball state title to the list of accomplishments before he graduates in May.