Bryce Harper’s Outrageous Year in Junior College

Instead of returning for his junior year of high school Bryce Harper joined College of Southern Nevada, a junior college, as a 17 year old. This would make him eligible for the MLB draft a year earlier. It hadn’t been done before and it hasn’t been done since. But Bryce Harper was different. Anointed as the next big thing on a Sports Illustrated cover at age 16, Harper was the LeBron James of baseball. At CSN he would be playing on one of the best teams in the country and facing some of the best pitching. How did it go? The school’s single-season home run record was 12 when he arrived. It was 31 when he left. Vice Sports talks with CSN teammates and coaches about the magical year Harper tore shit up.

Man Amongst Boys: The Oral History Of Bryce Harper’s Record-Setting Junior College Season, 7.12.16