Richard Pitino was looking to add shooting to his 2017 class and on Wednesday he did just that by picking up a commitment from three-star recruit Jamir Harris.
"It’s a comfortable place for me," Harris said when asked about the commitment. "I felt at home on the visit. The family atmosphere there was unbelievable. I just felt like it was the place for me. I’m happy with my decision and I’m looking forward to getting down there and starting this new journey."
Harris picked the Golden Gophers over interest from a host of schools including Stanford, Seton Hall, Princeton, Penn and others.
Harris, a 6-foot-2 guard, has yet to take his official visit to Minnesota, but went to the school unofficially in June and since then he's known that was the place for him.
"Actually going on my unofficial I was just in so awe of everything," Harris said. "I was feeling really good about it then. As time went on, my mindset didn’t really change and I just felt like I was ready to commit now. I’ve had a strong interest from then on. I developed a good relationship with coach Pitino and coach Kimani as well. I just feel like it’s the place for me."
Through 21 game in the Nike EYBL with the NJ Playaz connected on 57 of his 148 attempts and shot 38.5-percent from three. Harris averaged 11.4 points a game.
Harris is the second pledge in the 2017 class for Pitino. He joins Scout's No. 65 ranked prospect Isaiah Washington to make up their current class.
"I’m cool with Isaiah," Harris said. "We’ve played against each other a lot . I’m looking forward to being in the backcourt with him. We are going to be a force to be reckoned with."
Harris will take his official visit to Minnesota next week.