Big Man Waiting To Make His Big Decision

TSR's Jeremy Schneider catches up with 2010 hoops prospect and talks recruiting.

Trinity Christian School's (N.C.) four-star senior center Damontre Harris has several big schools interested in him. He says all the schools in his top five are in close competition for his commitment. However, one coach's recruitment approach has especially caught Harris' attention.

“I like South Carolina. Coach Horn told me good things, and he was the only coach that really broke down my game and told me what I needed to work on,” Harris said. “That showed me right there he wanted me more than the other coaches and that he had been looking at me more.”

The connection Harris has made with Horn makes South Carolina his most likely destination. Nevertheless, the talks he has had with Maryland's head coach, Gary Williams, have intrigued the shot-blocking man as well.

“I've talked to Coach Williams a lot,” Harris said. “He's had a lot of success and I like their system. He told me he liked my game and that I could make an impact as a freshman, but he also talked to me about stuff other than basketball. He talked to me about my education I'd get at Maryland, and my life after school, which interested me.”

Harris points to his desire to focus on academics as the reason he has not committed yet. He says that the academic programs and majors offered at the schools will play a large part in his decision making process.

Location also weighs on his decision. He doesn't want to be too far from home so his family can watch him play wherever he goes. While he would like to play at a school with nice facilities, they are a low priority compared to the size, “not to big but not too small,” Harris explains, and quality of the school. Harris is also concerned about the coach and the program's history. Though SC is the favorite, Harris called ACC the best conference in the country, the one with the best players, and one he would be very interested in playing in.

The 10th ranked center in the country, Harris has narrowed his final list to five schools: South Carolina, Maryland, Wake Forest, Florida, and VCU. He will visit South Carolina on 9/19, Maryland on 9/26, Wake Forest on 10/3, VCU on 10/10, and Florida 10/16.

Conversations with Florida coach Billy Donovan have kept the Gators in the picture as well. “Coach Donovan is actually visiting this Thursday,” Harris said. “He's put big men in the NBA, I know he can develop players of my size and skill set.”

In the offseason, Harris works on being more physical in the post. He also practices his ball-handling skills and jump shot. He models his game after recent number one overall NBA draft pick Blake Griffin.

Although diligently working to improve his game, Harris is selfless when it comes to his talent. He gives a lot of credit to the players around him for the success of his AAU and high school teams.

Harris prefers an open up-and-down style of play, but over the next several weeks, it is the full-court press from his top five schools that will help make his decision.

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