In pickup basketball circles, Madrid-Waddington senior center forward Drew Harmer has the “old man’s game.”
It is a game where a player excels in mastering all the fundamentals as part of the team concept. Harmer’s simple yet sophisticated ‘game’ is accentuated by the athleticism that made it a top All-Northern Athletic Conference player in basketball, in soccer which he was honored as the MVP in defense of the United Nations. ‘East at the NAC this fall and golf.
He uses constant movement with and without the ball to win duels for the rebound position and to create shooting space inside and outside. He uses crisp exit passes to start quick breaks and efficiently moves the ball in and out in half-court sets. His offensive repertoire also includes well-timed 3-point corners and multi-stop practices in the lane where he often converts second chances by following his shot.
Harmer never takes possession of the defense, denying access to the post and dribbling penetration, pushing opponents off the board and closing in on peripheral shots.
Its old-fashioned approach travels and translates well into any style of basketball.
âHarmer does so much for us and he’s so fundamentally sound. He’s big enough to play at the post and he handles the ball well enough to play guard. He’s got a very balanced game and he’s a balanced person off the field, âYellowjackets coach Aaron Jones said of the three-year-old.
âHe’s played basketball a lot and he and Jacob Morgan work really well together. Jacob has a good feel on the inside and receives a lot of backhands.
Harmer combined with sixth marksman Morgan and Troy Peck to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 3-1 start this season. The Jackets beat Colton-Pierrepont and Lisbon to win their own John Dinneen Memorial Tournament, then defeated Middleburgh and lost to Mayfield, two teams from Section 2, in two games played at Johnstown this weekend.
Harmer delivered a multi-faceted performance in the tournament final against Lisbon with 13 points, nine rebounds, five assists, three steals and three blocked shots. He says he developed his skills and shortness through intense training from Jones and facing faster, bigger players in pickup matches at SUNY Canton where his brother, Brennan, all-time top scorer. de Madrid-Waddington, is a second year guard.
âPlaying with Brennan and the guys from SUNY Canton has really helped me a lot. I learned so much from Brennan,â said Harmer. âI’ve had great coaches and played basketball a lot over the years. years.”
His father, Bryan, varsity coach and athletic director of the Yellowjackets, scored 1,444 career points at the Knox Memorial (1981-84). He played for his father, trainer Dick Harmer, a crowd regular at Yellowjackets games.
After the Dinneen tournament title match, Drew Harmer said it’s all about the team.
âWe played with a lot of energy and the guys on the bench gave us really good minutes. We really want to have a good season, âhe said.
A season to resume from its second campaign which ended with a best times scenario followed by the worst times shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here is an overview of the CNA team rosters:
Roster: James Bailey (Jr. F), Chris Downs (Sr. F), Ryan Jones (So. G), Jack Kerrigan (Jr. G), Cooper Ladouceur (Sr. G), Jonah Longshore (Sr. F), Vincent Nelson-Fuse (Jr. G), Ayomi Odetoyinbo (So. F), John ONeill (Jr. G), Sam Roiger (Sr. G), Daniel Rosser (Sr. F), Elias Snyder (Jr. F), Zach VanBrocklin (Sr. G), Luke Wentworth (Jr. G).
Roster: Cole Davis (Sr.), Jared Donaldson (So.), Ethan Fitzgerald (Jr.), Ethan Platt (Jr.), Raine Rumble (Fr.), Sullivan Rumble (Sr.), Kobe Steorts (Jr.) , Caden Storie (Sr.), Cale Stowell (Jr.), Holden Stowell (So.), Mark Tomford (Sr.), Mason Witherell (Sr.), Connor Wood (Sr.).
Roster: Joseph Beck (Jr. G), Rory Cox (Sr. F), Evan Dumas (Sr. F), Jace Hammond (Jr. G), Gunvir Johal (Jr. G), Alexander LaClair (Jr. G), William LeRoy (Sr. G), Keegan McArdle (Jr. G), Evan Miller (Sr. G), Kyran Mosher (Sr. F), Zendann Poirier (So. G), Jeb Shea (Jr. F), Sullivan Wescott (Jr. F).
List: Brandon Barnes (So.), Ryan Deshane (Sr.), Carter Firnstein (Jr.), Jake Firnstein (Jr.), Luke Greco (Sr.), Ty Lucey (Jr.), Taylor Mitchell (Fr.) , Colin Patterson (So.), Garrett Weird (So.).
List: Brady Bullock (So.), Hugh Colburn (Jr.), Jacob Farley (Jr.), Connor Graveline (Jr.), Kam Johnson (Sr.), Aiden LaFlair (Sr.), Justice McIntyre (Jr.) , Alex Mitchell (Jr.), Ryan Mitchell (Jr.), Shea Polniak (So.), Alex Worden (Jr.).
Roster: Rhece Barrett (Sr.), Ansen Herrick (Sr.), Tyler Hollis (Sr.), Theo Hughes (So.), Drago Jukic (Sr.), Daniel Manor III (Sr.), Kyle Murdock (Jr. ), Kayden Nelson (Jr.), Tanner Race (Jr.), Cade Saiff (Sr.), Ian VanWagner (7th).
List: Charles Aldrich (Sr.), Sebastian Anderson (Sr.), Thorn Burns (Jr.), Edwards Jacobs II (So.), Sebastien Laughing (Jr.), Brody Lebehn (Jr.), Keon Mitchell (Sr. ), Wren Sunday (Sr.), Riley Thomas (Jr.), Logan Thompson (Sr.), Tehoronhiathe (Jr.).
List: Sean Cromp, Nathan Jock, Tristan LaVigne, Justin Martin, Kasey Martin, Dante Niles, Ethan Parent, Wyatt Preve, Knoah Wisner.
List: Harlee Besio (Jr.), Cody Francis (Jr.), Eric Friedel (So.), Ian Graham (Jr.), Eli Johnson (So.), Oliver Johnson (So.), Noah Rousell (Sr.) , Michael Schwartfigure (Sr.), Nate Smith (So.).
Madrid-Waddington yellow vests
List: Drew Harmer (Sr. F), Kaden Kingston (Jr. G), Tristen Cuthbert (Jr. G), Daniel Davis (Jr. G), Colby Beldock (Sr. G), Logan Cordova (Sr. G), Luke LePage (Sr. G), Trevor Saucier (Jr. F), Jacob Morgan (Sr. F), Connor Arquiett (Sr. C), Troy Peck (Jr. G), Tanner Smith (Jr. F), Joseph White (Jr. G), Jack Bailey (Jr. G) ..
Roster: Leland Blevins (Sr. G), Daniel Dodds-Walters (Sr. F), Matthew Fisher (Sr. F), Conner Hendershot (Sr. C0, Jacob Johnson (So. F), Jacob Martin (Jr. F) , Jon Snell (Jr. C), Jordan Snell (So. C), Lawson Snell (Sr. G), Conor Taillon (Sr. F), Ashley Vangellow (Jr. C), Christian Willard (Sr. F), Cody Yette (Sr. G).
Roster: Damien Ashley (Fr. G), Jayden Ashley (Sr. G), Ayden Beach (Fr. G), Dylan Bissonette (Sr. F), Dylan Bodway (Jr. F), Conner Cline (Sr. F), Gabriel Knouse (Jr. F), Austin Mason (So. G), Joey Perry (So. G), Xavier Shattuck (Jr. G), Tommy Storrin (Sr. G).
Roster: Michael Corneau (So.), Keegan Dattoma (Jr.), Grant Godin (Sr.), Elijah Kulzer (Sr.), Tyler LaPlante (So.), Thomas Peterson (So.), Lowden Pratt (Sr.) , Dawson Symonds (Sr.), Owen Whitman (Jr.).
List: Andrew Franklin (Sr. F), Darrian Gavin (Sr. G), Kale Harper (Sr. F), Richard LeBel (Sr. C), Jared Lottie (Sr. C), Tyler Scott (Sr. G), Ethan Stalker (Jr. F), Walker Typhair (Sr. F), Mason White (Sr. F), Dylan Wood (Sr. G).
List: Nicholas Brassard (Jr. G), Trent Briggs (Jr. G), Degan Carr (Sr. G), Charles Fuller (Sr. F), Tucker Kelly (Sr. F), Aaron Parow (Jr. F), Christopher Shampine Jr. (Jr. G), Ryan Shuler (Jr. G), Matthew Smith (Sr. F), Nolan Sullivan (So. F), Tanner Sullivan (So. G), Will Taylor (Sr. G).
List: Colby Arquitt (Jr.), Arthur Carr (Sr.), Jacob Coller (Sr.), Skylar Daniels (Jr.), Kade Denesha (Jr.), Christian Guarino (Jr.), Adam Lynch (Jr.) , Andrew Matthews (Sr.), Jacob Spencer (Sr.), David White (Jr.).
List: Chris Ashlaw (Jr.), Jed Crawford (Sr.), Akexander Lange (Sr.), Tristan Lovely (Sr.), Nate Mashaw (Jr.), Lawrence Milsap (Sr.), Connor Phillips (Jr.) , Brandon Pray (Jr.), Cole Rickett (Sr.), Lucas Thornhill (Jr.), Hunter Venette (Sr.), Jacke Venette (Jr.), Tristan Young (Jr.).
Roster: James Burke (Jr.), Coop Davison (Sr.), Connor Flack (So.), Miles Gendebien (Sr.), Lucas Gravlin (So.), Matthew Kinney (Jr.), Isaac Larock (Jr.) , Noah Martin (Sr.), Simon Murray (Jr.), Keghan Power (Jr.), Cooper Rutherford (Fr.), Storm Walker (Sr.).
List: Jack Evans (Sr.), Ashton Gilmour (Jr.), Ethan Graveline (Sr.), Macaulay Ritchie (Jr.), Tristan Simmons (Sr.), Nicholas Webb (Sr.), Aaron Woodcock (Sr.) , Jarred Young (Jr.).