Harris Finds Himself in a Good Position

Montverde, Fla., point guard Dashan Harris finds himself in a very good situation as the summer months wind down and the November signing period draws closer....

Bloomington, Ind. – Dashan Harris finds himself in a very good situation.

The 6'0", 170-pound point guard from Montverde (Fla.) Academy has been drawing big crowds during the summer AAU circuit. Coaches from Indiana, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Cal, among others, have been frequent courtside attendees during Harris' contests.

While Harris a top-100 player, he hasn't been tabbed with the sort of top-20 ranking that generally attracts this sort of attention. But Scout.com's 71st-ranked player in the 2008 class has been aided by the fact he's one of the few elite point guards still available.

"The 2008 point guard class is very thing compared to the past few classes," said Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Evan Daniels, who has seen Harris play a handful of times over the summer. "Harris among the best available, so he's really become a priority for a lot of schools."

Indiana is one of those schools. Daniels said the IU staff trailed Harris around last week in Las Vegas, where Coach Kelvin Sampson and assistants Jeff Meyer and Rob Senderoff were also in attendance.

Scout.com's ninth-ranked point guard nationally in the '08 class, Harris is the second-highest ranked point guard still available. He's one of two point guards who has appeared to be getting a lot of attention from the Hoosier staff, along with Decatur, Illinois' Lewis Jackson.

Like Jackson, Harris is a pass-first point guard who is known more for ball distribution than point production.

"He's a quick guard that understands his role as a point guard is more about setting his teammates up than trying to get buckets," Daniels said. "At the Reebok Summer Championships (in Las Vegas) he took on a leadership role, directed traffic and made smart decisions."

While those are very positive traits, Daniels does think Harris will eventually need to become more of a threat offensively once he gets to the next level.

"Going forward, Harris needs to work on his jump shot," Daniels said. "He did knock down an occasional three-pointer, but his shot needs to get more consistent both from mid-range and from behind the three-point line."

Will that be at Indiana? That remains up in the air, although Daniels said the Hoosiers were delivered an apparent setback in Las Vegas.

"The IU staff trailed him in Las Vegas, however, Harris didn't mention Indiana when asked for list at the Reebok Summer Championship," Daniels said.

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