Hawks Still on Harris

Iowa jumped in with an early scholarship offer for Malek Harris. The Class of 2014 prospect from Illinois visited the school last summer and has stayed in contact since then. He updates us on his recruitment right here.

Malek Harris likely would fit in well at Iowa. The Class of 2014 power forward runs the floor well. He also possesses the confidence coach Fran McCaffery covets in his players.

"Iowa likes to play at a fast pace and get up and down," the Sandburg High (Orland Park, IL) junior said. "I feel like with my style of play that gives me more opportunities to make plays both offensively and defensively. I think i can add a hard-worker, tough defender, and a guy who can contribute in many different ways offensively for them."

McCaffery agrees, having offered the 6-foot-7, 195-pound Harris last May. DePaul, Miami (Ohio) and Illinois State also have offers out to the Scout.com three-star prospect, he said.

"No favorites right now," Harris said. "I would like to decide sometime after this AAU season (ending in July)."

Harris is averaging around 19 points and 12 rebounds a game for Sandburg. He runs with the Illinois Wolves on the AAU circuit.

Miami (FL), Oregon State, Purdue, Dayton, Colorado State, Oklahoma and Ball State are showing Harris a lot of interest, he said. Xavier, VCU and Minnesota are starting to get involved in his recruitment, he added.

"I'm looking to get down to Illinois State and Oregon State sometime soon," Harris said of upcoming visits.

Harris traveled to Iowa City last summer after receiving an offer. He's stayed in consistent touch with the Hawkeyes ever since.

"l've been in contact with coach (Andrew) Francis," Harris said. "We were talking more before both of our seasons started. He tells me to just keep working hard and getting better.

"They've shown that they want me at Iowa."

Harris said he has watched the Hawkeyes on TV quite a lot this season.

"I really like Iowa," he said. "I like Coach Fran McCaffery and his style of coaching, plus their style of play. It's also just a good school in general."

Harris is being deliberate about his recruitment.

"I'm going to take the process very slow and give every school a chance," he said. "I want to weigh out everything. I'm in no rush and i want to find the best fit for me."

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