It's Official: Harris To Syracuse

Paul Harris made it official. As of the fall of 2006 he'll be the property of one of the true powers in college basketball.'s No. 10 prospect is headed to Syracuse.

Paul Harris rocked the Reebok ABCD Camp in early July. Two weeks later, his world was rocked when he lost G.C. Ballers teammate Miquel Respress who collapsed and died at an AAU tournament in California.

At that point, a scheduled press conference was tabled as Harris put off announcing his collegiate destination. At a Friday press conference, the former Niagara Falls star committed to Syracuse over Pittsburgh on the campus of his old high school.

The 6-foot-4 Harris, now enrolled at Fitchburg (Mass.) Notre Dame Prep, is's 10th ranked prospect.

"It's been out that it's what he was going to do," Ballers coach Jeff Bishop said. "Today was just a formality of doing it in front of the school. He wanted to thank Niagara Falls, where he's played the last two years."

Bishop knows Harris and his game as well as anyone. He knows that expectations will be high for the best 6-foot-4 rebounder we've seen in quite some time.

"He's a winner," Bishop said. "We're not the most talented or the biggest team out on the circuit but the kid makes people around him better. You have a kid like Robert Garrison going to UConn basically because of the exposure that Paul was getting.

"He taught these guys how to win and have fun. He's going to do well at Syracuse; he's going to make an impact."

You'll get no argument here. The Orangemen landed one of the elite talents in high school basketball.

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