Golden Hurricane and NewsOn6.com
TULSA, OK -- Scottie Haralson will transfer to the Golden Hurricane basketball program from the University of Connecticut. University of Tulsa Head Basketball Coach Doug Wojcik made the announcement Sunday after Haralson signed scholarship papers to attend Tulsa.
Haralson, a 6'4", 220-pound guard, will sit out the 2009-10 season and have three years of eligibility remaining when he becomes eligible for the 2010-11 campaign. He joins D.J. Magley of Western Kentucky as the second four-year transfer for the Hurricane this year.
He spent the 2008-09 season as a true freshman at UConn. He appeared in 17 games off the bench and averaged 1.4 points in 4.1 minutes of action for the Huskies. Seven of his eight field goals made on the season were from three-point range. He had season-bests of six points against both Marquette and Delaware State.
"Scottie is a great addition to our team. He compliments DJ Magley extremely well for the future, and then obviously losing Ben Uzoh next year he can step in there," said Wojcik. "Scottie fills a huge need. He's a big, strong and powerful kid who can really shoot the basketball. He was a very exceptional high school player with national recognition."
Haralson attended the LeBron James Skills Academy during his high school career.
"That is big for us. It's the same camp that Jerome goes to during the summer from the college end, but here's a kid we're signing who attended the academy from the high school side," said Wojcik.
Haralson was on a UConn team that posted a 31-5 record and advanced to the NCAA Final Four, losing to Michigan State in a national semifinal game.
As a prep star in Jackson, Mississippi, Haralson averaged 22.1 points per game during his junior and senior seasons at Provine High School, while leading his team to consecutive state championships. He was a first-team all-state selection and earned the 2008 Gatorade Player of the Year honor for the state of Mississippi.
"Scottie has wonderful parents and has great character. He really fits in well with what we're trying to accomplish at The University of Tulsa," said Wojcik.
"With D.J. and Scottie sitting out this upcoming season and both having played and advanced in the NCAA Tournament, they can do wonderful things from a leadership standpoint in our locker room -- one who actually played in the Final Four and one advancing to the Sweet Sixteen. How do you measure the value of that? I think it's immeasurable," added Wojcik.