Manny Harris Follows Heart to Michigan

Detroit Redford guard Corperryale "Manny" Harris always wanted to be a Wolverine growing up. Yesterday his dream officially came true when he signed his letter of intent. GoBlueWolverine was on hand for his signing day presser yesterday and will be bringing you video of the event in the coming days. For now, here's an excerpt from the diary he kept for GoBlueWolverine's basketball preview issue.

Corperryale "Manny" Harris didn’t mind going out of state for college if that was the road his recruitment led him on.  Even though Harris always wanted to be a Wolverine, he wanted to be sure the feeling was mutual.  If he felt like to team he loved growing up really wanted him, he was pretty sure that his ultimate destination would be a bit closer to home...right down I-94 to the University of Michigan.

When the intensity of his recruitment by a number of big time schools first began to pick up, he seemed to use it as a barometer for Michigan's interest.  In some of his early interviews with GoBlueWolverine, he consistently made it clear just how important the attention from the Maize and Blue was to him.  “I want to hear from them more," Harris would say.  "I need to know what there plan for me is."

Michigan assistant Mike Jackson did a good job of keeping the home team on Harris' mind, and when the Wolverines did finally turn up the heat, there was little question that they were going to get their guy.  Harris wanted to stay close to home so he could be close to his family.  At his signing day press conference it was easy to see why.  GoBlueWolverine was on hand at Detroit Redford yesterday to watch the youngster and his family celebrate the occasion…and they were all smiles.

Watching Harris and his family yesterday was enough to make anyone smile.  The joy and happiness was evident on their faces as they all shared in the special day.

"We are so happy for Manny," his mom later said.  "He is the last one (of her kids) to go to college."

Michigan is getting a real gem with in Harris.  Though clearly an unfinished product at this point, he continues to get better and better.  He is a tireless worker that only knows how to play one way and that is all out. Detroit Redford head coach Ken Flowers believes Michigan is getting more than just a player.  He feels they are getting an outstanding leader as well

“Nothing has ever been given to this kid everything he has gotten he has worked for," said Flowers.  "He is a proven leader he gets the job done. I expect when he goes to Michigan that he will take with him the intensity level that he plays with. He brings it every night.  Even on off nights he brings it with him offensively and defensively.  You never have to worry about him bringing that to the table because he always has it. This a big recruit for Michigan.  He is a diamond in the ruff. I don’t think other schools really know how special he is going to be.  Michigan got a steal with Manny. I knew Manny was going to be special because when he came in here he had a never-quit type of attitude. He is a born leader.  The first day he came in the gym he wanted the ball and he wanted to lead. He stepped in here at 5’10 and shot up after that.  But it was his personality that shot up also Manny is a very humble kid."

Harris kept a diary for GoBlueWolverine that will appear in the basketball preview issue, set to mail next month.  In this excerpt he describes in his own words how he arrived at the decision to become a Wolverine.

"My decision on choosing Michigan as the school I want to attend was easy, but at the same time it was hard. People were telling me to go here and go there, but in my heart, I knew where I wanted to go. My mom and dad wanted me to go to Michigan and that was cool. So what I did was, instead of listening to other people, I just got together with the people who I thought would give me good advice. Those people are my mom and dad, Coach Flowers (high school coach), Coach Albright (high school assistant coach) Coach McDowell (Manny’s former high school coach and current Eastern Michigan assistant coach) and Durand “Speedy” Walker (AAU Coach). When I was ready to make my decision I brought everyone together to talk about it. I told them that Michigan is where I wanted to be and everyone agreed that it was the right spot for me. That is how I came to my decision to go to Michigan. I personally picked Michigan because I thought to myself, ‘Why go somewhere else and try to make a team better or win a national championship when I have a good chance to do it right here in my own state?’  I picked Michigan because they have good academics to help me after basketball and there is good coaching there as well. I can come in and play right away. I can’t wait to play with DeShawn Sims and the guys that are coming in with me…Alex Legion and Kelvin Grady. I can’t wait to get there because I have been up there already and enjoyed myself with the guys. We are going to make big things happen at Michigan!"

Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for signing day video of Corperryale "Manny" Harris and be sure to pick up the Basketball Preview issue of GoBlueWolverine the Magazine, which is set to hit newsstands next month.

Guard, 6-5, 170 (Detroit, Mich./Redford HS)

Honors and Awards:
- Associated Press Class A All-State first team (2006)
- Detroit News Dream Team (2006)
- Detroit Free Press Dream Team (2006)
- Detroit News Class A All-State, fifth team (2005)
- Detroit News All-Metro, first team (2006) and fourth team (2005)
- Detroit Free Press All-Metro, first team (2006)
- Detroit News All-Detroit, first team (2006) and second team (2005)
- Detroit Free Press All-Detroit, first team (2006) and honorable mention (2005)

   - Coached by Ken Flowers at Redford HS (2005 to present)
   - Coached by Derrick McDowell (2003-05)
   - Two-year starter
As a junior (2005-06), averaged 22.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists
   - Led Redford to 23-4 record
   - Led Redford to semifinals of Class A State Championships
   - Led Redford to regional title of Class A State Championships
   - Led Redford to district title of Class A State Championships
   - Led Redford to PSL Championship, defeated Pershing (65-47) for second straight team title
      - Had 18 points in championship game, with 14 coming in the fourth quarter
As a sophomore (2004-05), averaged 18.4 points
   - Led Redford to 20-3 record
   - Led Redford to regional finals of Class A State Championships
   - Led Redford to PSL Championship, defeated Pershing (56-47)
As a freshman (2003-04), played on junior varsity
   - Redford varsity finished with a 21-3 record
   - Redford went to semifinals of Class A State Championships
   - Redford won regional title of Class A State Championships
   - Redford won district title of Class A State Championship


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