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Arkansas Razorbacks to play host to New Mexico transfer PG Jalen Harris

Arkansas will host a former New Mexico point guard on Thursday for an official vislt.

Former New Mexico freshman point guard Jalen Harris announced he was leaving the program on Tuesday, March 28, he was leaving the program. Harris became the fifth player to leave the team since the end of the season. He will now visit Arkansas beginning on Thursday.

Harris is a former 3-star point guard from Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God Christian Academy. He chose New Mexico on April 10, 2016, over offers from schools such as DePaul, Charlotte, Buffalo and others. Arkansas recruited him, but reportedly didn't offer him after landing a couple of junior college guards.

Harris tweeted the following on his Twitter page.

“I would like to thank the University of New Mexico for everything they’ve done for me this year. I would like to thank Coach (Craig) Neal, the coaching staff & my teammates for helping me grow on and off the court this year. After a lot of thought and prayer, I’ve received my (release) and have decided to continue my education and collegiate career elsewhere. Thank you Lobo Nation for all your love and support.”

As a true freshman, Harris played in 31 games with 18 starts. He averaged 4.5 points, 2.3 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 20.6 minutes per game. He shot 43.9-percent from the field, 25.9 from behind the 3 and 74.5 at the free throw line.

On April 1, New Mexico fired Coach Neal. They have since hired Paul Weir. Harris is still leaving the team though. New Mexico tried to get Harris to stay, but he has opted to leave.


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