Buckeyes Pick Up Junior Forward

Jim O'Brien and the Ohio State Buckeyes have joined the early commitment party. This week, the Buckeyes landed a commitment from an in-state junior forward.

Harris Picks Ohio State

Earlier this week, Springfield (OH) South forward Ivan Harris became the sixth junior in the nation to announce his collegiate intentions. The Buckeyes offered Harris and he accepted the invitation and will be a member of the Ohio State program in the fall of 2003.

"My parents and I just talked about the situation," Harris said. "I always liked Ohio State and I thought it would be good to make it early."

Last year as a sophomore, Harris averaged 20 points and 9 boards for Springfield North. His grandfather fell ill and transferring to North was easier on Harris.

"He's just a junior now so he's got two years. By the time he gets there, he's going to be very good for them," Springfield South head coach Larry Ham said. "You know coach O'Brien, his players play defense. He loves those big guys who can step out and shoot it. That's where his strength is."

Harris said he also looked at Michigan State prior to making his commitment to Ohio State. "I like coach O'Brien and the academic program is pretty nice. The people around Ohio State are nice and I liked the team."

By deciding early, Harris joined a select group of juniors who made commitments already. Six commitments from members of the Class of 2003 have taken place and Ohio State has shown a propensity to accept early commitments from kids. The Buckeyes join Ball State, Iowa State, Utah, Valparaiso and Georgetown as schools with commitments from juniors. The Hoyas already have a pair of 2003 kids committed.

Harris expects to play both at the small forward and power forward positions in Columbus.

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