Gary Harris Keeping Recruiting Close To Vest

The main focus for the Fighting Illini recruiting efforts in 2012 is a point guard and a big man. The highest player remaining on their board is shooting guard Gary Harris from Indiana. If he would want to commit to Illinois, they would be more than happy to take it.

Gary Harris is a 6'-4" shooting guard from Hamilton Southeastern High School in Fishers, Indiana. Illinois has been recruiting Harris hard over the last several years. He has visited Illinois several times, including playing in the Illini team camp the past two years.

Harris has a long list of offers he is considering including Illinois, Louisville, Indiana, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, and many others. He is still open to any school that wants to recruit him and is playing things close to the vest.

"I haven't narrowed anything down yet. I am still looking at schools."

Many people are wondering when he will make his college decision. Speaking during the AAU season, he provides no clues.

"There is no certain timeline. I am just trying to take one tournament at a time, and when we have some free time we will think about and discuss it. When I know the time is right is when I will make my decision."

He discussed what he will be looking for in the school he chooses.

"A school where I know I will get better, and I have a good relationship with the coaches and players. The school I feel I am most comfortable with."

Most recruits grow tired of the recruiting process quickly. Harris has a good support system to help him deal with it.

"No, it doesn't really wear on me. I have my parents, who shield me away from a lot of the pressure. I just really don't let it get to me. I just go out there and play my game."

Will he be taking any visits soon?

"I'm not sure yet. I have talked with my parents about it, but we haven't decided on any visits to take yet."

Recruiting is not the only thing on his table right now. He has a hectic summer planned.

"I am really busy. In June I have a lot of camps, and I'm playing with my high school team."

Harris will also continue to play with his D3 Pride team through July. They look to him to score.

"They rely on me somewhat, but it is not just me. We need other key players to do their part to win."

Harris discussed the strengths in his offensive game.

"Driving, getting to the rim and finishing with my athleticism. I am trying to work on my jump shot and dribbling. I am trying to improve my overall game."

There are big expectations for Harris and Southeastern 2013 teammate Zak Irvin next year.

"We want to win as many games as possible. What every team's goal should be is to win a state championship, and that is what we are going to work toward."

Illinois is still in the mix with Harris, a program-changing recruit any school would love to add to its 2012 recruiting class.


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