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Pocatello native, Boise State transfer Malek Harwell taking official visit to Idaho State

May 1, 2019

One of Pocatello’s best basketball products is considering a return to his roots.

Century High School graduate Malek Harwell is taking an official recruiting visit to Idaho State this week, Harwell’s father confirmed to the Journal on Tuesday.

Harwell is the leading scorer in Century boys basketball history with 1,901 career points. He was named the 2014-15 4A All-Idaho Player of the Year and 2013-14 Journal All-Area Player of the Year, among other accolades. He led the Diamondbacks to a runner-up finish at the 2013 4A state tournament and a consolation championship in 2014.

Among his memorable games as a D-back was a triple-double performance in the 2014 4A District 5-6 tournament, where Century beat Preston to qualify for the 4A state tournament. Harwell averaged 25.7 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.0 steals per game that season.

Harwell was listed by ESPN as a three-star recruit and the No. 1 boys basketball recruit in Idaho while he was at Century. He signed with Boise State in November 2014.

Harwell missed his freshman season at Boise State with a knee injury. He appeared in 57 games over the next three seasons, including 32 of 33 this past season.

In his career at Boise State, Harwell averaged 1.7 points in 6.8 minutes per game. He announced his decision to leave BSU as a graduate transfer via Twitter on March 19.

“Malek is one of my all-time favorites,” Boise State coach Leon Rice told the Idaho Statesman. “The guy has represented us so well. He’s such a great kid, such a high-level character guy. He’s a good player, but with what we have coming back at the wing spot ... there won’t be a chance for him to play 30 minutes a game, and that’s what he deserves.”

Other schools that have shown interest in Harwell include Big Sky Conference rivals Weber State, Idaho and Montana. Portland, Utah Valley and Albany have also shown interest in Harwell, his father said.

Harwell’s father, Ron Harwell, played basketball at ISU from 1993-97. He ranks third in program history with 156 career steals.