The New York native, who began his high school career at Christ the King before moving to Redemption Christian, then Maine Central Institute and finishing it this year at Brewster Academy (N.H.), committed to UConn on Thursday afternoon.
``A lot of hard work just paid off for me," said that 6-foot-6 Harris, who averaged about 25 points per game at MCI last season. "People didn't really think I could play at that level, but that made me hungrier and made me work harder. To me, this is a dream come true to play at UConn."
Harris has signed with Nebraska last year, but he decided to wanted to stay closer to home for his mother.
``My mom's health is more important to me than going that far from school," Harris said.
Harris is a guy whose transformed his game over the years. Once an inside player, he began the change while at Redemption and has now become a wing who can score from the outside – and also overpower opponents with his strength.
``Will has worked hard to make the transformation from a combo-forward to a wing forward," Brewster Academy coach Jason Smith said. "He's shown the ability to be a tremendous scorer. The decision to do an additional prep year has most definitely paid dividends for him. Last year, I thought he was one of the top two or three players in the NEPSAC and look forward to him leading our team this year."
Harris said that the Huskies offered him a scholarship about a month ago – and the deal was basically sealed when he took an unofficial visit to Storrs a little more than a week ago.
``At first I didn't believe when they offered me a scholarship," Harris said. "I thought it was a joke."
``I love the facilities and the guys on the team," he added. "Everything about it was great. They have a Hall of Fame coach, a winning program and they produce pros at my position. I feel that by going there, I'll get the best development."
``If I could have done it all over again, I wouldn't have changed anything," Harris said. "This is a great situation for me to be in right now."