This year assistant coach Scott Spinelli has used his northeast connections and already hauled in a pair of New Yorkers – point guard Jamel White and now wing Will Harris, who committed this past weekend while on an official visit to Lincoln.
``When anyone asked me what I was looking for in a school, I told them that being comfortable was the main thing," Harris said. "Everybody was real nice and all the coaches were real cool here. I just came out here and felt really comfortable."
Nebraska is coming off a season in which they went to the NIT tournament and won a pair of postseason contests.
``Nebraska basketball is on the upswing," added Harris. "This is definitely an NCAA tournament team. Definitely. And I feel I can come here and make a major impact immediately."
``When I was coming out here to visit, people in New York were joking with me that I'd get eaten by people in the cornfields," Harris joked. "I get out here and I haven't seen a cornfield yet. It's really not that different than New York and that really helped me make my decision. It's great out here."
Harris is a 6-5 ½, 225-pound versatile player who began his high school career at Christ the King before realizing that he needed to develop his perimeter game. He transferred to Redemption Christian (N.Y.), where he played the past two seasons before landing at Maine Central Institute (Maine) for this season.
``Will is just so tough and strong and has so much potential," said Nate Blue, Harris' advisor.
Harris thrived at a recent tournament in New York while playing with the Juice All-Stars, where he finished with 38 points and won the MVP in the title game and also put up 37 – including six trifectas - in a semifinal victory against Lavance Fields, Curtis Kelly and the Gauchos.