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More than a month after York’s boys basketball season ended, senior Eric Harp was named as a Group 3A All-State Second-Team selection Monday.
Harp, who is committed to play baseball for Longwood University, helped lead the Falcons to an appearance in the 3A East quarterfinals, averaging 13 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks per game.
When Harp signed his letter of intent to play baseball at Longwood, York boys basketball coach Bobby Pearce said it would have been easy for Harp to brush off the basketball season.
Instead, Pearce said, Harp worked “extremely” hard and embraced the amount of minutes he was asked to play for the Falcons.
“I’m extremely proud of Eric,” Pearce said. “He had a shoulder injury last year and after signing with Longwood he could have wrote the season off. Instead, he became a leader and led by example. He’s reaping the rewards of that.”
At 6-foot-8, Harp was the backbone of the York defense, blocking shots and dissuading opposing players from attempting to drive the lane against his long reach.
His height played an advantage on the offensive end of the court as well, simply out-sizing many opponents and creating scoring opportunities in the paint.
A First-Team All-Conference 25 selection this season, Harp became somewhat of a safety net for the Falcons, providing clutch defense when York needed it the most.
For Pearce, Harp separated himself from other perceived “safety net” players by being aggressive on the court instead of sitting back and waiting for the action to come to him.
Replacing Harp will be a challenge for York, which also loses senior starters Jaylen Riggsbee and Joe Riddick.
“It’ll be tough to replace Eric,” Pearce said. “We’re going to have to be more sound defensively keeping opposing players out of the lane instead of relying on a 6-8 player to do it.”