Iowa Offers Harris

Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery and his assistants are hitting the road hard in recruiting right now. The evaluation is leading to some scholarship offers. The most recent athlete to earn a Hawkeye opportunity is 2014 Wing Malek Harris. The Illinois product talks about the offer in this update.

It was a busy April for Malek Harris and his Illinois Wolves teammates. The Class of 2014 wing tried to keep tabs on which colleges were watching him play. He missed one of them.

Iowa extended a scholarship offer to the Sandburg (Orland Park, IL) High on Tuesday. Harris didn't see it coming.

"I never noticed them at my games or heard they were there," the 6-foot-7, 170-pounder said. "This is actually my first time talking to them when they offered me. It was really surprising."

Though it caught Harris off guard, it wasn't disappointing news.

"I'm very interested (in Iowa)," Harris said. "It's one of my first offers. I have a lot of respect for a school like that. It's a great academic school and I'm pretty sure it's a great basketball school from what they've done in the past."

Harris said he will begin researching Iowa now that he has a Hawkeye offer.

"I follow the Big Ten," he said. "I don't know a lot about Iowa. If someone came up to me and named a few players from Iowa I would probably recognize them because I watch a lot of college basketball. But right off the bat, I don't know a lot about the school. I just know it's a great Big Ten school."

Harris reports other offers from DePaul and Miami of Ohio. More schools are inquiring about him after a strong April on the AAU circuit.

"I talked to Indiana and Louisville (on Tuesday)," Harris said. "(Wednesday), I talked to Illinois, Loyola, DePaul, Miami, Iowa and Nebraska.

"I'm planning on taking some visits soon. I'll definitely see the schools that have offered me scholarships and then also Indiana, Nebraska and Louisville."

Harris said he spoke with Iowa Head Coach Fran McCaffery and his assistant, Andrew Francis, on Wednesday.

"(McCaffery) told me he likes how I was versatile and how I can play inside and outside," Harris said. "He thinks I can play a lot of positions for him. He said that my motor was always going and that I play with a lot of energy the whole game. That's what set me apart to him when he was watching. A lot of kids don't do that because they think they're too good."

Harris said that he doesn't rely on any one part of his game. He wants to be an all-around performer.

"I'm just a high-energy player," Harris said. "The more energy I play with, the better I play, period. Defensively, I can guard players smaller than me. Offensively, I try to create mismatches in the post. If it's a bigger guy on me, I can take them out on the floor and get past them and get to the rim."

Harris said he is taking the recruiting process slowly. He wants to make sure he has time to make the best choice.

"I'm not really thinking about making a decision," Harris said. "It's early. I'm going to lean on the people that are important in my life to help me make the best decision. Right now, I'm just trying to keep my grades up and keep working hard."

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