Harris helped lead Cleveland area's Twinsburg North High School to a 13-8 record last season. In just his first season of varsity basketball, Harris averaged 15 points and 8 rebounds per game.
This season, Harris looks to improve his scoring and passing averages. He also wants to lead Twinsburg to a deep run in the Ohio state tournament.
This summer he played AAU ball with MBA Elite. In a two game span during a tournament in Indianapolis, Harris hit 11 treys over two games. MBA also advanced far in last week's AAU nationals in Orlando. Harris said, "The AAU season went very well. We finished in the round of 32 at nationals (losing in double overtime to the N.Y. Gauchos)."
Despite his current height, Harris grew up playing guard and has the ballhandling and shooting skills of a guard. Due to a recent growth spurt where he grew 6 inches in the last year, Harris will be a wing forward in college. Harris is projected to grow to 6'9". He also has a 7'1" wingspan.
Harris is a very good outside shooter, but can also score on the drive. Harris said, "I am a long, athletic wing who has a good shot for his size and an amazing upside." Harris said his strengths are shooting, passing ability, and a very good basketball IQ. He admits his weaknesses are his overall strength and aggressiveness. He likens his game to former Xavier player Derrick Brown.
Harris said the schools that have offered him are Miami-OH, IUPUI, Loyola-Chi, Central Michigan, Kent State, Youngstown State, Morehead State, Wright State, and Northeastern. Duquesne also had offered but is no longer in the picture after receiving another commitment. Eastern Kentucky, Boston University, and Cornell are also recruiting Harris.
Harris has not taken any visits yet but plans to visit Miami and Eastern Kentucky (August 20th).
Harris plans to make a decision by the end of the month. He gave his criteria of what he is looking for in a school, "A good basketball program, a good academic program, somewhere where you feel loved, and can fit in and help the team."
Of the schools recruiting him, one school stands out. Harris said, "Miami is my leader." Harris explains why Miami is the favorite to land his services, "I feel like they are the school that would like to have me the most. It would be just a good situation. They have a legendary coach (Charlie Coles) and I like the other coaches too. Miami also has one of the top business schools in the nation. It would just be a good place to be."
He also said that Miami has been recruiting him the hardest and saw RedHawk coaches at every game.
Harris knows current Miami junior-to-be Nick Winbush. He said, "Winbush is from nearby Shaker Heights. My school played his as well."
Harris comes from a good family. His dad Darryl Harris is a preacher and wrote a book entitled, "When God Says Wait." Harris also has a twin sister named Jazmine.
When Harris is not playing basketball or studying, he is playing the saxophone and at one time was in a band.
Harris is qualified and maintains a G.P.A. of 3.0 and has earned a 24 on the ACT.
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