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EWU Lands Former Penn Guard Harrell

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Julian Harrell will be available to play right away for Eastern after spending last year at City College of San Francisco. Julian Harrell will be available to play right away for Eastern after spending last year at City College of San Francisco.

by EWU Athletics

CHENEY, Wash. -- Former Penn guard and California high school standout Julian Harrell has signed an athletic aid agreement and will play next season for the Eastern Washington University men’s basketball program, Eastern head coach Jim Hayford announced Friday.

The 6-foot-5, 195-pound Harrell is originally from Los Angeles and is a 2012 graduate of Loyola High School. He will be eligible immediately with two years of eligibility remaining after playing the 2014-15 season at City College of San Francisco.

“Julian brings us an experienced player who can play multiple positions and is an explosive offensive player,” said Hayford. “He has a deep appreciation for understanding the game and being mentally prepared.  He will be a great teammate and will have an outstanding two years for our squad.  His teammates are excited to welcome him as a part of our family.”

After suffering a preseason injury and redshirting in the 2012-13 season for the Ivy League school, Harrell played in 12 games – four as a starter – for Penn in 2013-14. He averaged 5.1 points and 3.0 rebounds per game, plus had 22 assists, seven blocked shots and five steals. He missed 16 games with an injury, including the team’s last 11 games of the season.

His best game was at Rider on Dec. 29, 2013 when he finished with 23 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals. He followed that with seven points, six assists and three boards in an Ivy League win over Princeton on Jan. 11, 2014. In his collegiate debut in a win over Monmouth on Nov. 12, 2013, he had two points, five rebounds and three assists.

He scored 1,152 career points in high school to help lead Loyola to an impressive 103-23 record in his four seasons on the varsity squad. As a junior, he was the All-CIF-Southern Section Division 1A co-Player of the Year in helping Loyola win the 1A Southern Section title. He had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds in the 74-58 championship game win over Capistrano Valley

He also was a two-time All-State performer in California, and earned Mission League MVP honors. The two-time team captain averaged more than 12 points per game in his career, as well as more than five rebounds, two assists, a steal and a blocked shot per game.

As a senior, he averaged 13.7 points and 5.1 rebounds in leading the Cubs to the quarterfinals of the CIF Division I Playoffs. As a junior, Loyola finished 25-6 and advanced to the second round, with Harrell averaging 15.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. The Cubs lost both years to eventual champion Mater Dei.

Harrell’s team finished 26-4 as a sophomore when he averaged 10.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. He played in eight games as a freshman in the 2008-09 season when the Cubs finished 26-7. He was a three-time team MVP, and was also an honor student at Loyola.

In his lone season at City College of San Francisco in the 2014-15 season, Harrell earned first team all-league honors. He averaged 14.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.9 assists and 1.1 steals per game in helping the Rams to a 21-9 record and the Coast-North title in the California Community College Athletic Association.

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