RedHawks Land Top Wing Forward

At the end of his unofficial visit Thursday, one of the top rising players in Ohio decided to play for Charlie Coles and the Miami RedHawks.

At the end of his unofficial visit Thursday (August 6th), one of the top rising players in Ohio decided to play for Charlie Coles and the Miami RedHawks.

Jon Harris explained why he chose Miami, "It is a great place to develop as a player. Miami will provide the best chance to make it as a pro. If not, then they have one of the best business schools in the country so I am set for life." Harris plans on majoring in marketing while in Oxford.

On his visit, the 6'7" wing forward toured Millett Hall and the lockerroom. Harris said, "I like the new gym. I was showed highlights in the lockerroom (on the big screen television located there)."

Harris was also taken around campus which he thought was beautiful. Harris explained, "I really liked the campus. The new business school is phenomenal."

Harris went to lunch and met the players who he got along with well. After that, he was ready to pledge to Miami.

His mom and dad, who attended the visit with him, are happy with his choice.

The Miami coaches explained to Harris how they planned to use him. He said, "They want me to be an athletic 3. A perimeter player who can shoot, run, rebound, and score, score, score."

Harris is the third commit for Miami's 2010 recruiting class joining Louisville Trinity shooting guard Josh Sewell and Wilmington, Ohio point guard Quinten Rollins. RedHawks are still looking for a fourth member to join the class.

Harris said of the other Miami commits, "I played against Quinten in AAU. He is a solid guard. From what I hear, Josh is an outstanding player."

Harris will take his official visit to Miami the weekend of Miami's first home football game.

Harris has high goals set for Miami that he believes will be achieved. He said, "I look forward to winning championships and making the Final Four!" While averaging 15 points and 8 rebounds last year in his first season of varsity basketball, Harris helped lead Cleveland area's Twinsburg High School to a 13-8 record.

This summer while playing AAU ball with MBA Elite, he hit 11 treys over a two game span. At the AAU nationals last week, he led MBA to the final 32.

Harris grew up playing guard and thus has the ballhandling and shooting skills of a guard. He grew 6 inches in the last year. He is projected to grow to 6'9" and has a 7'1" wingspan.

Harris is a very good outside shooter and can score on the drive. Harris told RedHawk Insider earlier in the week, "I am a long, athletic wing who has a good shot for his size and an amazing upside." Harris maintains he is a good passer and has a very good basketball IQ. He said his style of play is similar to Derrick Brown.

At 185 pounds, Harris admits he needs to gain more strength. He also charged himself to be more aggressive.

Besides Miami, Harris was offered by IUPUI, Loyola-Chi, Central Michigan, Kent State, Youngstown State, Morehead State, Wright State, Northeastern, and Duquesne. Eastern Kentucky, Boston University, and Cornell were also interested in the northeast Ohio standout.

But Miami was his leader all along. Harris told R.I. earlier in the week, "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 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."

Harris maintains a G.P.A. of 3.0. Although already qualified with a 24 on the ACT, he intends to take it again to prove to himself that he can do better.

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