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Westover big man Harrell headed to Daytona

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- When you've got flies, you need a swatter.

And that just what the Daytona State College men's basketball program got when Westover's Joseph Harrell signed his national letter-of-intent to join the team Wednesday.

Harrell's size at 6-foot-7 and his leaping ability makes him the perfect signee for the junior college program that desperately needs to reestablish its defensive presents inside with the expected departures of Kadeem Coleby and Will Neighbour, who at 6-10 each gave Daytona an inside presence last season.

"Daytona State has a wonderful program," said Harrell, who made the decision after weighing additional offers from Alabama State and South Carolina State. "They can help me develop my talents and take me to the next level of (Division 1 basketball) -- that's my goal."

Harrell, who averaged 10 points, eight rebounds and three blocks a game during his senior season at Westover, is still a little raw on the offensive end but he hopes to develop his game and move his ability to be offensive threat further away from the basket.

"Daytona can develop me on the wing and help improve my (jump) shot," he said. "Defensive-wise, I'm good but Daytona is going to polish my offensive skills."

According to Westover basketball coach Dallis Smith, Harrell has a bright future.

"His upside is real big," Smith said. "He works hard and he is eager to learn the game and I think he is going to well on the next level. He had a big impact on our team and we are going to miss him terribly."

Daytona State College finished 18-16 last year and is coached by Albany native Anthony Andre.