Men’s Basketball Alum Aaron Harrison Impresses Overseas

Men’s Basketball Alum Aaron Harrison Impresses Overseas

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Former Lynn University men's basketball star Aaron Harrison recently concluded his first season overseas playing for BBC Arantia in Luxembourg's Total League. Harrison was a two-year starter for the Fighting Knights, garnering a plethora of conference and region accolades throughout his collegiate tenure.

During his first stint abroad, the Atlanta, Ga., product averaged 28.8 points with 10.2 rebounds per game in the regular season while helping his team post a 23-9 overall record and regain its post in the league's top division.

Besides a contrast in particular technologies and a higher cost of living, Harrison ran into minimal differences during his transition to living abroad. The style of play and flow of the game he grew up perfecting here in the United States called for a drastic adaptation however.

"The game there is way different than the States," Harrison said. "It revolves around more off-the-ball screens and inside-out play, and guys over there are a lot taller; it's much harder to get to the basket."

The travel call is also noticeably different from the USA style of basketball. While adjusting during his first game, he recalled committing over 10 travel violations as he acclimated to altered rules.

"When you have the ball here [in America] you can rip through and take that first step before putting the ball on the floor," he added. "Over there, the ball has to hit the floor before you move. It slows the game down because it allows for hand-checks and more physical defense."

In the playoffs Harrison kept the momentum going, contributing 26 points, 10.3 boards and four assists per outing to help BBC Arantia achieve promotion back to the top division of the Total League after being relegated just one season ago.

A memorable moment for Harrison in his rookie season came during the team's cup run. The Total League has two different end-of-season competitions; the cup that can be won by teams in the first, second and third divisions of the league while the championship can be won only by teams in the first league.

In this particular cup game, Harrison squared off against one of the best teams in Luxembourg where he nearly put up a triple-double. BBC Arantia did not win that game but Harrison learned a lot about himself from that performance.

"It was an eye opener for me about how far I could go with this game," he admitted. "That was the moment I felt like I could do this."

As a senior at Lynn in 2014-15, Harrison led the Fighting Knights in scoring and rebounding while topping the Sunshine State Conference in steals on his way to earning All-SSC First Team recognition.

Harrison helped the squad get to the NCAA Division II Tournament for the first time in 10 years, reaching the Sweet Sixteen where he earned All-Tournament honors. He was named to the NABC All-South District Second Team and received Daktronics All-South Region Second Team honors.