During the photo shoot for the all-metro team, Corperryale Harris was joined by some familiar faces. It just so happens that three of the other team members play for the say AAU program as Harris. Kalin Lucas of Orchard Lake St. Mary's, Tajuan Porter of Detroit Renaissance and Deshawn Sims of Detroit Pershing all play with Harris on The Family AAU squad. In between taking photos, "Manny" had a good time chatting it up with a few of his friends
"I hang out with DeShawn and Tajuan from time to time," he said. "Tajuan always keeps me laughing and he likes to kid around. DeShawn talks about the recruiting process and how it is going to be. We have a good time together".
Harris' recruiting process has been a very hot subject here of late. With the way he burst onto the scene this season, big time schools are making their way to Michigan to see what the fuss is all about. He has put in work against some of the top competition in the state, including Class A state champs Saginaw Arthur Hill where earlier in the season he dropped 36. Against Orchard Lake St. Mary's in the state semis, he dropped 30.
"I am looking at the academics as well as how important am I to the school that wants me," he said. "They need to make me feel like they want me. I want to feel comfortable there. Send me out some hand written notes and a few text messages."
Harris would also like to have the same type of relationship with his college coach that he has with his current coach at Redford, Ken Flowers…as well as his former high school coach (and current Eastern Michigan assistant) Derrick McDowell. "I need a coach that is not going to give me to much slack but at the same time understand what I need to get better," Harris explained. "I need to get to know the coaches as well."
Harris is less concerned with some of the other factors that recruits often mention like style of play and playing time. "I can fit in with any offense," he said. "Anywhere I go I will have to earn my time on the court no matter who is there".
So where does all of this leave coach Tommy Amaker and the University of Michigan's basketball program? Right square in the middle of everything according to Harris. There was a little rumor out there that Michigan was out of the mix, but he quickly dispelled that idea.
"I haven't heard that one, but Michigan is still right up there with me," Harris said. He did, however, indicate that he would like to hear from the Wolverines a little more than he has so far. Assistant Coach Mike Jackson attended a number of Harris' practices this winter and is the assistant that he recently has spoken to most. In addition, Coach Amaker was at the semifinal game at the Breslin Center to see him play Saginaw Arthur Hill in a loss.
As Manny and I continued, I asked him did he felt any pressure to stay close to home for college. His response suggested that that kind of pressure isn't necessary. "In my heart I would like to stay home and go to college here," he said. "But if they didn't want me like that, THEN I would feel some pressure."
Harris made it clear that he will take his time to make the best and will visit other schools before he makes a decision. He is looking to make an early decision, " I don't want to be stressed going into my senior year, so I would like to make a decision before my season starts," he said. "But if it does not feel right, then I will wait to decide where to go to college."