Harris Will Transfer To Arkansas

Former Little Rock Central star Alandise Harris (6-6, 230) has told Hawgs Illustrated that he will transfer from Houston to Arkansas after a sophomore season in which he averaged 13.3 points and 6.4 rebounds

The Razorbacks are about to have a native son join their basketball team.

Former Little Rock Central star Alandise Harris (6-6. 230) told Hawgs Illustrated Tuesday afternoon that he is transferring from Houston to Arkansas.

Harris averaged 13.3 points and 6.4 rebounds last season for the Cougars, including 25 points and 12 rebounds in his last game.

"I talked to the Arkansas coaches today for a long time and it is just the place I want to be," Harris said. "I want to come back home and be close to my sisters and grandmother and play for my state."

Harris, who started 29 of Houston's 30 games this season, had 18 points and 6 rebounds to lead his team to a 87-78 win over the Razorbacks in North Little Rock on Nov. 18.

Harris' mom passed away in November of 2010 and is part of the reason that he wanted to get closer to home.

He averaged 9.4 points and 5.4 rebounds as a freshman while starting 17 of 27 games.

"I wanted to come back home right away after my mom passed, but I didn't want to let my teammates down and so I stayed and played at Houston," Harris said. "But I decided before this season started that I would be coming home after this season.

He has two sisters and a grandmother in Little Rock. He hopes to be granted a waiver and be eligible to play next season.

"Yes, I am going to apply for one and think I have a good chance to get it," Harris said. "But either way I want to be a Razorback and be a part of the program for this next couple of years."

Arkansas signed three players in the early signing period - 6-8, 190-pound Birmingham (AL) Central Park Christian small forward Jacorey Williams, 6-5, 200-pound Shreveport (LA) Huntington swingman Michael Qualls and 6-4, 180-pound Memphis Bartlett shooting guard Anthlon Bell.

The Razorbacks are set to sign 5-10, 185 point guard Dee Wagner of Alexandria (LA) Peabody on Wednesday at around 2:30 p.m.

Wagner was recently named Mr. Basketball in Louisiana.

That will leave one available scholarship for a center. Arkansas is known to be recruiting Indian Hills CC's D.J. Bennett (6-9, 215), John A. Logan (IL) College's Alex Brown (6-11, 200) and Jacksonville (FLA) Sandalwood prep standout Bradley Hayes (6-11, 253).

The five-week late signing period opens on Wednesday and continues through May 16.

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