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National Team of the Week: Harcum College

By Cody Hopkins, 01/16/23, 4:15PM EST


Location: Bryn Mawr, PA 
Enrollment: 1,516
2022-23 Record: 15-0 
2021-22 Record 32-3 (Elite 8)
Head Coach: John Ball (1st Season)

Week in Review: 
Won at Harford 96-68
Won vs Howard (MD) 91-80

This week's Team of The Week comes from the northeastern U.S., where we take a deeper look into first-year Head Coach John Ball’s Harcum College Bears. Harcum is no stranger to the national spotlight, after an Elite 8 showing at last year's National Junior College Tournament in Hutchinson, KS. Several players went on to Division 1 after last year, and are producing well for their new teams. Coach Drew Kelly also left Harcum to join the staff at Northern Illinois after serving as the only HC in school history for the past 17 years. Harcum has won at least 20 games every season since the program started in 2005. 

This season is no different, as Harcum has raced out to a 15-0 start, including a 2-0 week to open up the second half of their season following the holiday break. The Bears traveled to Bel Air, MD to take on Harford on Tuesday and came away with a 96-68 win. Sophomore returner Amahrie Simpkins led the scoring for the Bears, as he has most of the season, with 23 points on 10-12 FGs for the evening. Po’Boigh King came off the bench to tally 17 points on 3-5 3pt shooting against Harford. 

On Saturday, HC returned home to face Howard (MD) where they received a very balanced scoring attack once again led by Simpkins with 19 points. Five Bears finished in double figures; Justin Owens (15p), Jordan Martin & Bernie Blunt (13p), and Ahmad Harrison (10p) helped keep Harcum's streak alive. The win also keeps first-year HC John Ball’s undefeated streak well intact. 

The Bears have a big week ahead as they welcome perennial powers Allegany and Cecil to Bryn Mawr on January 10th and January 14th. 

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