- Cheltenham School District
Rising Senior Cager Harrison Gives Verbal Commit to Play at Saint Francis University
Class of 2020 cager Zahree Harrison has verbally committed to play basketball at NCAA Division I Saint Francis University. The point guard averaged 17 points, six assists and four rebounds a game and became the first junior guard in 15 years to be named first team all-league. A “strong, cerebral floor leader,” according to high school basketball evaluators, Harrison claimed third-team all-league honors as a sophomore.
“I chose Saint Francis University because of the home feeling during my visit,” said Harrison, who should crack the 1,000-point barrier early this coming season. “The coaching staff was very welcoming and showed their belief in me as soon as I walked on campus. My whole decision was based on that family environment where I can grow on and off the court.”
After coming up through CSD elementary and middle schools , Harrison attended Archbishop Wood for his freshman year, but returned to CHS for his sophomore season.
“Coming back to Cheltenham as a sophomore would be hard for a lot of people,” Harrison said, “but the transition was easy for me because of the support system we have in this community. The past two years at Cheltenham were a blessing and I would like to thank my coaches and teammates and the whole Cheltenham community for allowing me to perform at a high level and have my back through all the ups and downs.
In coach Patrick Fleury’s first year as head coach this past season, Harrison led the Panthers to within one overtime period of qualifying for states. He’s anxious to return to the hardwood and “show how far we have come together as a family.”
“Zahree’s commitment to Saint Francis is a testament to his hard work on and off the court,” said Fleury, who compiled a 12-2 league record this past season. “As a program, we celebrate his success and share in the joy of what this means for him and his family. His commitment comes with years and years of hard work and dedication. He has earned the right to call himself a division one scholarship student athlete.”
Located in Loretto, Pa., about a four-hour drive from Cheltenham, Saint Francis has a rich tradition of strong point guard play and Harrison looks forward to joining that history for eighth-year head coach Rob Krimmel, the program’s second winningest coach with 97 victories. This past season, the Red Flash, which plays in the Northeast Conference, faced off against the Indiana University Hoosiers in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament.
According to Fleury, a signing day event is in process.