High-Flying Harris

Little Rock Central's Alandise Harris (6-6, 210) and his Arkansas Wings squad are one of the teams vying for state AAU basketball crowns this weekend in Little Rock as the 17-and-under and 15-and-under tournaments are held.

There will be several of the state's top basketball players in Little Rock this weekend, but perhaps no one more explosive than the Arkansas Wings' Alandise Harris.

Harris, a 6-6, 210-pound junior-to-be small forward from Little Rock Central who evokes old school memories of late former University of Arkansas standout William Mills.

The 2010 prospect will join several of the state's top cagers in the 17-and-under and 15-and under tournaments - those two events being held at Central High, Little Rock McClellan and Arkansas Baptist College on Saturday and Sunday.

"Arkansas has a lot of talent in basketball right now," Harris said. "We are all just trying to go out and show what we can do."

What Harris can do is reminiscent of Mills in that he can explode to the basket for a variety of high-flying dunks, take his man down low and also has very nice range.

"I need to work on my defense and my foot speed because it is not too good, but I feel really good about the way my offense," Harris said. "I've got a good jumper and feel like I can score from about anywhere on the floor, but I have got to work on keeping my man from scoring."

Arkansas Wings spokesman Ron Crawford is an admirer of what Harris brings to the table and that is why he is playing up with a 17-and-under Wings that features Little Rock Hall's A.J. Walton and Pulaski Academy's Neal Barlow.

That group will play Saturday at noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. in pool play at Central.

"He is just a phenomenal athlete who can get a lot of things done for a team on the basketball court," Crawford said. "He is also very physically mature and that is why we thought he should play with the older guys."

Harris played mostly inside this season for Central, who won a conference championship last year.

"We have four starters coming back from a team that won the conference championship, but got put out in the second round of the state tournament," Harris said. "We think we have a good shot to win it all this year."

Harris said he doesn't watch much basketball on TV, but does have a couple of favorite teams.

"Arkansas and USC," Harris said. "Arkansas is where I want to go."

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Most of the state's top AAU teams except the 17-and-under Arkansas Hawks and Team Arkansas will be on hand this weekend.

Those two teams have players from out-of-state on them and are not playing in this tournament.

For a complete schedule of this weekend's games go to:


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