Athlete Spotlight: Jack Harbaugh | Shooting Guard | Kentucky
Jack Harbaugh is a class of 2025 shooting guard from Butler County High School in Kentucky.
Measurables: 5'10, 145lbs
Twitter Handle: @harbaugh_ryder
Instagram Name: rharbaugh27
High basketball IQ
Good range on jumpshot
Athletic or Academic Honors:
Honor Roll (Middle and High School)
National Society for High School Scholars
2020 Christian Character Award (Legacy Christian Academy)
2019-Present Beta Club National Honor Society
2022 KCAA State All-Tournament Team
2022 Selected to play with Team USA 16U SaWUSA at the United World Games in Europe
2021-2022 National High School Coaches Association Academic All-American (2nd Team)
2021 Rick Bolus 41st Annual High Potential Blue Chip Camp - Top Sleeper Award
2020-2021 and 2021-2022 Defensive Player of Year Award
2019 Holiday Hoops Outstanding Player of the Game
2019 USSA Baseball All State Selection
Why did you start playing the game? Was it a person who influenced you? If so, who and how did they influence you? I started playing because I enjoy competition. I played travel baseball for several years and decided I wanted to challenge myself with another sport. The biggest influence on me was Coach Shaun Cummings, my first middle school coach. He challenged me to compete and provided the opportunity for me to challenge myself by starting on Varsity as an 8th grader. Coach Cummings also taught me to value my faith and education.
What are some of your personal and team goals this season? My personal goals are to continue to maintain a 4.0 GPA and improve on some area of my game every day to help my team win. Our team goal is to win our Region and set up the opportunity to compete against other great teams at the state tournament.
What would your teachers say about you? My teachers would say that I'm attentive, respectful and that I maintain a positive attitude. They would say that I'm always willing to help my classmates, and that my character is important to me.
Who is your favorite player and why? Jamal Murray is my favorite player. I started watching Jamal Murray while he was playing at the University of Kentucky, and I really like how he makes winning plays. When Jamal plays, he believes he is the best player on the court. He is also active in social justice initiatives. He has shown how to overcome adversity through injury.
Why should a college coach recruit you in the future? I am a high character player that loves to defend. I use good judgement both on and off the court and have the ability to influence others through my actions. I understand overcoming adversity because I did not make my middle school team my 7th grade year. I chose to work hard and train at a high level, bouncing back my 8th grade year not only to make the middle school team, but also starting both JV and Varsity. I place a high value on both my faith and education, while striving to be the most coachable player on the team! I've also competed as a "true" Class 2025, never being held back or reclassifying. Often, I find myself having to compete as a 15-year-old against 17-year-olds in the same class, so I understand you have a role to play on the team.
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