Excellent guard play is one of the most crucial components for success in the NCAA tournament and that was no different for Butler during their runs through the NCAA tournament over the last two decades. The coaching staff is looking to add another solid piece in shooting guard/small forward Karl Harris.
The Chicago (IL) De La Salle wing is one of the most athletic players in the Land of Lincoln and is beginning to draw attention of coaches around the country. Harris has been measured with a 42 inch vertical.
Harris is an elite athlete which is displayed by his 42 inch vertical, quickness, and body control. On offense he blends his ability to shoot the ball well from beyond the 3-point line and the ability to finish at the rim. He has extremely good body control and maneuvers through the air with ease. He also uses his high basketball IQ to know when to shot or facilitate teammates. On defense Harris is known for his quick hands and feet and the ability to block shots from the weak side.
InsideTheDawgPound caught up with Max Jackson to get the latest on Harris' recruitment.
"He has interest from a variety of schools," Jackson said. "Butler, Xavier, Valparaiso, Loyola (IL), Loyola (MD), St. Francis (PA), Illinois-Chicago, Cincinnati, DePaul, Northern Kentucky, and Wisconsin."
The 6-foot 4, 160 pound Harris helped lead De La Salle to 17-8 record last season and a trip to the regional championship, where they lost to Chicago (IL) Whitney Young. He is teammates at De La Salle with another Illinois Stars member Brandon Hutton.
With all the interest, Harris will begin to take a few visits over the next month to get more acclimated to his suitors.
"We just recently visited Loyola (IL) Chicago," Jackson said. "He has visits lined up for Butler, Northern Kentucky, and Xavier as well. Xavier is extremely interested. He'll probably also visit West Virginia on September 14th or 28th along with his teammate Brandon Hutton."
One of the schools that has peaked Harris attention is Butler.
Karl is very interested in Butler," Jackson said. "I personally haven't spoke to anyone from Butler. I anticipate that will happen within the next wee. We received information that Butler wanted him to visits from his AAU coach, Troy Johnson. I suggested Labor Day weekend and Coach Johnson told me that works perfectly for them that weekend as well."
Butler has been actively recruiting Harris AAU teammate Aaron Jordan and recently invited him to visit Indianapolis. The two play together on the Illinois Stars. The attention from Butler and it's national reputation have Harris excited about the opportunity to be a Bulldog.
"Coach Stevens built something special there and that will continue in the future with the new staff," Jackson explained. "We are excited and happy the new staff is taking the time to let us come down and see the campus. We met Coach Stevens last October while he was at De La Salle recruiting Alvin Ellis. I believe Karl is a Butler style player and we're excited about the situation."
Butler currently only has two known offers out to class of 2015 guards in Jordan and Malcolm Evans (NJ). The Bulldogs do not have a commitment in the class of 2015.