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Harrell primarily plays as a power forward. He went to Jordan High in America, before attending NC-Asheville College from 2003-2007. In his freshmen year he averaged 1.4 ppg from 24 games, which increased to 2.9 ppg in his sophomore year. As a junior Harrell's numbers went up with the more game time he got, and in 2005-06 NCAA year he averaged 7.0 ppg, and 5.3 rebounds. These numbers were relatively similar in his senior year, where he put up 6.5 ppg, and 4.9 rpg from 31 matches.