Former Star-News boys basketball Player of the Year Trevon Harmon scored six points in helping Cleveland State upset No. 16 Butler, 57-54, to win the Horizon League Tournament championship last week. The Vikings make their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1986 when they reached the Sweet 16 that year. Harmon scored the opening basket for Cleveland State off an assist by Cedrick Jackson who finished with a game-high 19 points.
I never met the kid and I only knew about him because Fred Robledo and Andrew Campa told me about him. He had offers from Oregon State and Arizona State but after each of those schools made coaching changes, Harmon opted for a year at Pasadena City College. He transferred to Cleveland State where he was forced to sit out a year because of NCAA transfer guidelines. It’s always nice to see a kid one covered go on to, as they say, the Big Show.
Cleveland State is the 13th seed and will play fourth-seed Wake Forest in the Midwest Regional.