Harris excited for move to junior class

Blake Harris was one of the hottest sophomore point guards in the Southeast. That’s a “was” because he has joined the junior class and thus accelerated his timeline from high school to college.

When I first watched Blake Harris last year, I viewed him as a nice, lower Division I prospect. This fall, he struck me as perhaps the finest passer in all of high school basketball.

His improvement shocked more than just me. The slender point guard and North Carolina native quickly has become a hot name on the regional high-major circuit, with schools outside the region anxious to become more involved as well.

Harris recently left Martinsville (Va.) Carlisle and is now attending Montverde (Fla.) Academy, where he’ll compete against a very challenging schedule for a very successful and demanding coach, Kevin Boyle.

”Coach Boyle is a great coach and helps players meet their full potential,” Harris said, in explaining the move.

Now, the immediate question is why he has reclassed forward. When asked, it was the competition that compelled him to make the jump.

”I think it’s a really huge move because of the all-around talent in the junior class,” he said.

Harris certainly isn’t exaggerating. Elite point guards Dennis Smith and Kobi Simmons also are located in the Southeast, and explosive combo guards Seventh Woods and Alterique Gilbert lurk nearby as well. Harris and Montverde obviously won’t compete against every big name this season, but in the spring he’ll ship out for the travel circuit and compete at the 17-under division against the nation’s other top juniors.

Harris’ recruitment may alter somewhat given that he has changed classes, but to this point he holds offers from Florida State, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, UNC-Greensboro and Norfolk State. Look for that list to expand significantly by the end of the season.

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