#11 Joe Harden
FRESHMAN SEASON (2006-07):
Hails from a strong prep program … will give the Irish depth at the guard position … has good size for a guard … will be counted on in his first season to contribute on the defensive end … has good length and that allows him to be a good defender … a strong ball-handler and a good decision-maker on the court … fearless around the basket … his size allows him to play both inside and along the perimeter … can keep a lot of balls active around the basket with his quickness.
Earned three letters under head coach Ken Green at St. Mary[apos]s High School … averaged 17.5 points and 10.0 rebounds in senior and was selected The Stockton Record[apos]s Co-Player of the Year in 2006 for the second time in career … Tri-City Athletic League Player of the Year … Nor-Cal Division III Player of the Year … two-time captain and team MVP … a three-time all-Tri-City Athletic League selection … a two-time all-city honoree … earned all-Northern California first -team honors … a first-team Division III all-state selection … led St. Mary[apos]s to 31-4 record in 2005-06 and first Sac-Joaquin sectional crown since 1989 … in addition, his prep team won its first-ever Northern California title befor losing in the California Interscholastic Federation Division III championship game … was a second-team all-sate selection and named to all-Division III squad … as a senior, his team lost in state championship game … has one of his best career outings when he scored 40 points and grabbed 14 rebounds against Seaside in first round of Northern California playoffs … averaged 26.0 points and 10.0 rebounds during state playoffs in `06 … averaged 17.2 points and 10.0 rebounds in his junior season …
Full name is Joseph Stephen Harden … youngest of two children … has an older sister Kate … father Steve played football at Pacific, while mother Barb played tennis at Pacific … sister Kate was a tennis player at St, Mary[apos]s of Calif. … received President[apos]s Education Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement and the CIF Scholar-Athlete Award … also was recognized with the St. Mary[apos]s Hall of Honor Award … Central State University … member of school[apos]s National Honor Society … son of Steve and Barb Harden … born 8-3-87 in Stockton, Calif. … enrolled in the First Year of Studies.