Harris Evolves At The Point

The Class of 2008 needs a mover and shaker at the point guard position. Can Montverde's Dashan Harris move up the list?

Dashan Harris is growing into a very good player. The 6-foot point guard out of California by way of Montverde (Fla.) Montverde Academy is measuring himself by a tough standard for his position.

"I told him last May when he was playing in the Bob Gibbons Tournament, ‘point guards are measured by the number of championships their teams win,'" coach Kevin Sutton said. "He is a winner! As a sophomore his team went 25-1 (NACA national champs) and this year we are 30-0 (hoopsusa.com national champs); which equals 55-1 and two national titles."

Sutton's right, his guy is pretty good and looks improved since last season. "I think my strength is probably running the team and being aggressive," Harris told Scout.com. "Speed and quickness helps out a lot too. So does running the team and being able to take over on offense and defense. I think I have to get stronger and a little bigger before the summer so I can go up against the bigger guards physically."

Getting the jumper down behind the arc, working on his basketball IQ and getting stronger are areas Sutton will drill him on through next year.

As a junior, Harris played on a team with lots of weapons and he's taken stock of what that means. "You learn you don't have to score every possession down the floor. You have players that can do it to so you have to create for players and find the open man that's hot. You learn what the team needs during the game."

The junior guard will seek an up tempo offense – THE buzzword with young guards – but with a twist: he wants to make sure there are rules. "Up tempo has to be structured. Our team has a play for everything and we have to push the ball. But I also like to have freedom and be able to create for myself."

A range of schools across the country are peeking in on him. From Southern Cal to Arizona, Indiana, Arkansas and California are keeping tabs on his progress. Sutton refers to Harris as one of the top point guards he's ever coached.

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