Butler Tracking Harris

Malek Harris has seen his recruitment balloon after a few AAU games this spring.

A junior forward from Carl Sandburg (IL) High School, Malek Harris is trying to improve his game this summer in anticipation of his senior season.

"My strengths are my motor and versatility," Harris told IDP. "I just look at myself as an all around basketball player. I'm still improving my shot efficiency and ball handling. I don't really pattern my game after anyone, but my favorite players in all of basketball are Victor Oladipo and Kevin Durant."

After averaging 17.9 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 assists per game last season, schools are taking notice of the big man from the Land of Lincoln.

Harris currently has 9 offers from Miami (OH), DePaul, Iowa, Oregon State, Kansas State, Marquette, Creighton, St. Louis, and Auburn.

While he has nine offers, Harris isn't naming any favorites.

Other schools like Butler still have a chance to gain Harris' signature and are continuing to track him this summer.

"I've talked with Coach Lewis from Butler and he came to see me play," Harris said.

Although he hasn't received an offer from Butler yet, he continues to build a relationship with Coach Michael Lewis.

"I like Coach Lewis," Harris explained. "He was straightforward with me about what they are looking for and he said he is going to be recruiting me hard because he likes my versatility and play making ability."

In order to start narrowing his list, Harris will continue to make unofficial visits.

"I have made unofficials to Louisville, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, and DePaul," Harris said. "I know I'm going to be taking some unofficials, but I'm not positive on the details yet."

Those visits, and more contact with coaches, will help Harris make his decision.

"The two things I'm looking for in a school is where I have the best relationship with the coaches, and where I fit in the best and feel most comfortable with the team and environment."

Harris and the Illinois Wolves are next in action in Dallas for the Under Armour Invitational on Memorial Day weekend.


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