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UMKC basketball team lands two former KC-area high school players

05/01/2013 1:09 PM

05/20/2014 10:43 AM

The day after Kareem Richardson was introduced as UMKC’s new coach, he got text message from Jason Smith, the head coach at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. Smith said he had a player interested in coming home.

That’s what 5-foot-10 guard Martez Harrison will do, pledging to UMKC. Before his prep-school season at Brewster, Harrison played at University Academy, where he was a second-team All-Metro selection in 2011-12.

“He had about 15-20 offers,” Smith said. “He was phenomenal for us. He didn’t start early and we were 5-3. We put him in the lineup and finished 32-6.”

Harrison, who also visited St. Bonaventure and Southern Illinois, averaged 10 points. 5.5 assists and shot 59 percent from the floor and 71 percent from the free-throw line.

“It was difficult to take him off the floor,” Smith said. “He was a great leader, a spark for us.”

UMKC also has picked up a commitment from shooting guard Frank Williams, a 6-6 sophomore at Indian Hills Community College in Iowa. Williams averaged 11.8 points and shot 37.3 percent from behind the arc for a team that finished 26-4 but was ineligible to compete in the postseason.

Williams, who will have two seasons of eligibility at UMKC, played at Raytown High.

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