Jermaine Harris (Photo: Kelly Kline/Under Armour)

An in-depth Scouting Breadown of Jermaine Harris

Three-star power forward Jermaine Harris has made a big impression this spring. Here is a look at what the fast rising Harris brings to the table as a prospect.

The class of 2018 isn't exactly loaded with a lot of talent that can play the center position, but one prospect who can is Jermaine Harris. The Washington D.C. native has had a big spring playing with DC Premier in the Under Armour Association, and has shown more versatility to his game than ever before.

On the court the first thing that really sticks out about Harris is his motor. He is capable of playing both the power forward and center spots, and is able to do so because of how hard he plays on every single possession. Harris runs the floor hard on every possession, rebounds in and out of his area, and also gives good effort on the defensive end. While he isn't an elite shot blocker, he can protect the rim some, and simply refuses to take a possession off on either end of the court. Because of that he always finds a way to be productive.

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Along with his motor, Harris' athleticism is something that stands out. He can get baseline to baseline very quickly, outrunning most bigs, and then also has excellent leaping ability. Beyond that he shows an ability to move his feet laterally which allows Harris to be effective guarding ball screens. The ability of a big man to not struggle in ball screen defense is huge in today's college basketball, and Harris is capable of doing it, which is something major going in his favor.

Offensively Harris isn't refined yet, but he has shown a skill set beyond just catching and dunking. While he isn't a great shooter, he is averaging about one made three per game this spring, and he has shot the ball efficiently both from deep and in the mid-range. The sample size is clearly small on that, but Harris looks to be getting better and more consistent with his skill game to complement what he does athletically and with his motor.

While there is a lot going in Harris' favor, he definitely still has some areas to work on. First and foremost Harris is not a refined scorer in the post. At this point in time in his development, Harris isn't comfortable catching the ball with his back to the basket and being asked to score. He doesn't have a great idea of how to make post moves, and simply isn't very comfortable being asked to make them.

Also Harris isn't a very good passer. His feel for the game just isn't natural. Because of that he can get doubled and make some bad decisions, and is prone to turn the ball over a little bit more than would be ideal.

Even with that, Harris has shown improvement over the last 12 months, so it is reasonable to think that as he gets more experience, he will become a better scorer who has a better IQ on the floor.

Overall there is a reason schools such as GeorgetownWest VirginiaXavierVirginia Tech, and Miami are all making a Harris a top priority. He combines size, length, and athleticism with a developing skill set to be one of the more intriguing bigs in the class of 2018.


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