Known as a football player, Harris never played AAU and was mostly an unknown until this season, one that's seen him emerge as one of the top unsigned seniors in the country due to his big time scoring ability.
"Harris was one of the best available scorers in the 2012 class," says Scout.com national recruiting analyst Evan Daniels. "High majors were beginning to call, so this was a impressive pick up and a big time score for Rodney Terry and his staff."
According to Marvelle's father, Marvin Harris, Fresno State made it clear how important he was to its program.
"They did the best job recruiting him," Marvin said. "Nobody else took that next level. We knew how much Fresno State wanted him."
The job that the Fresno State coaching staff did is a big reason Marvelle Harris will be a Bulldog.
"They're honest and down to earth," said Marvin. "We got to know both coach (Rodney) Terry and coach (Michael) Schwartz. Coach Terry is very down to earth; it seemed like he had Marvelle's interests at heart. Coach Schwartz too. They're very good guys."
The Harris family being familiar with the Fresno area also helped Fresno State.
"We have a family history in Fresno and our family knew a lot about it," Marvin said. "It was a place that I thought Marvelle could succeed at. Most importantly, it was close to me, so I think he could see a lot of games."
Marvin Harris said he's happy to have found a spot for his son at the next level and optimistic about the career he'll have at the next level.
"He's an excellent player and very basketball smart," he said. "I think he has a lot to bring to the table. There were a lot of schools trying to get him so they must see something in him."