SAN LUIS OBISPO – A three-year letterwinner at Boise State (2016-19), Malek Harwell will finish his career with the Cal Poly men's basketball program with the 6-5 guard joining the Mustangs as a graduate school transfer. Having been accepted into Cal Poly's public policy master's program, Harwell – a native of Pocatello, Idaho – will have one year of eligibility remaining for the 2019-20 season.
"We're extremely excited about Malek's addition to the Mustang family. He adds depth, athleticism and leadership at the wing position for us," said first-year Cal Poly head coach John Smith of Harwell, who graduated from Boise State in May with a degree in business marketing. "Most importantly, Malek possesses great character and is academically driven – two traits needed from a Cal Poly student-athlete and traits that will help take us to the next level."
As a junior at Boise State last season, Harwell appeared in 32 of 33 games, scored a season high eight points versus Utah State (Feb. 23) and shot 81.6 percent from the free throw line.
After redshirting his first year on campus during the 2015-16 season, Harwell appeared in nine games as a freshman for the 2016-17 season and 16 more contests as a junior two years ago.
The 2014-15 USA Today Idaho State Player of the Year selection at Century HS, Harwell averaged 25.7 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game during his senior season.
Harwell is Cal Poly's second roster addition under Smith following the April signing of 6-5 shooting guard Colby Rogers (Covington, Ga./Roselle Catholic HS) to a National Letter of Intent.