Harris talks offer explosion

Illinois Wolves forward Malek Harris has had an excellent spring and college coaches have really taken notice.

Three-star forward Malek Harris has been one of the hottest prospects on the AAU circuit this spring. The Illinois Wolves forward is showing more versatility than ever to go with his high motor, and now scholarship offers have come flying in.

At nearly 6-foot-7 and 200 pounds, Harris can play both forward spots, though he does most of his damage from the mid-range and in. Still defensively he can guard either position, and now college coaches are becoming enamored with his game.

"I play with a certain motor that coaches like," said Harris. "I think that has been helping me, and also I have improved my all-around game. Last year I wasn't able to put the ball on the floor like I can this year. I still have a lot to work on, but I think that I am improving every day."

For a while Harris was sitting on mostly mid-major offers, but recently he has had an explosion of scholarships come his way.

"St. Louis, Creighton, Kansas State, Marquette, Oregon State, Iowa, DePaul, and Illinois State are offers," said Harris. "Butler, Miami, Virginia Tech, Missouri, Oklahoma, Purdue, and Illinois are all showing interest."

According to Harris the recent interest has been great, and he is happy to have all of the attention and options.

"It has been crazy," said Harris of all the interest. "I didn't see it coming. It shows that hard work pays off."

The high-major school that has been on Harris the longest is Iowa. The Hawkeyes had an in-home visit with him during April, and continue to be very active in his recruitment.

"It was good," said Harris of the visit. "I have a good relationship with Coach (Andrew) Francis and Coach (Fran) McCaffery. They talked about how I would fit in with their system and what they have going on. I think Iowa would definitely be a school to consider, they have done a great job of recruiting me."

Marquette has also been involved with Harris for a while, and now the Golden Eagles have offered a scholarship and are making him a priority.

"I visited Marquette last year and they have been showing interest," said Harris. "I have a pretty good relationship with the coaches, and I think Coach Buzz (Williams) is doing a great job. He talks about more than basketball, about life as well. I have a good relationship with them and they have a great program."

Also with his improved play, now Purdue is back involved with Harris.

"Purdue, they were recruiting me last year and then kind of backed off," explained Harris. "Coach (Jack) Owens and Coach (Matt) Painter want to recruit me again. Coach Owens wants to see me in July and they will start recruiting me pretty hard."

For now Harris is taking in all of his options, but he does know what he will be looking for in a school.

"I look for where I best fit with the guys they have already and their style of play," said Harris. "Also I look for my relationship with the coaches. I don't want to go anywhere where I don't trust what the coaches are telling me."

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