Sam Webb: Lets look back on last season for a minute. How did things go for you?
Gary Harris: "We had a good season. We came up a little shorter than we wanted it to. We went 17 and four and ended up losing in the sectionals, but overall it was a pretty good season and I have no complaints. I know I averaged about 14 points a game. I do not know too much after that."
Sam Webb: Pretend for a second that you're a scout or a college coach up in the stands and you're watching Gary Harris do his thing on the field, sort of break down his game for me.
Gary Harris: "He likes to get up and down the floor in transition. He likes to get to the basket. He can knock down the outside jumper. Then he can also distribute the ball to his teammates. Whatever the situation that I'm needed, I'm just ready to play. I do not have any preference."
Sam Webb: Is there a player in the college or the pros that you've heard yourself compared to?
Gary Harris: "People say that with my explosiveness and stuff and we're around the same height and in college I'm always compared to Durrell Summers."
Sam Webb: What schools have come forward with scholarship offers so far?
Sam Webb: I know Michigan has been showing interest in you for a while now. You made it up last week for a visit, but that wasn't your first time in Ann Arbor was, right?
Gary Harris: "I actually went up there twice (before). I went up there to see them play Notre Dame in football and then I saw them play UCONN and beat UCONN during the basketball season."
Sam Webb: You saw two big wins, one on the football field and one on the basketball court.
Gary Harris: "Yeah. The Big House, yeah that was crazy! I do not think I've been anywhere ever louder than that. All those people there and to win such a big game, it was crazy. So was the basketball game. To beat UCONN when they came in. They're one of the most well-known programs throughout the country and that win against them, that was just great."
Sam Webb: Being there for games you probably did not get a chance to spend much time with the coaches, but what about last week. Did you get a chance to really sit down and vibe with the coaches about what they think about you?
Gary Harris: "Oh yeah. They took us around campus. They showed us the football facilities, academic center, showed us where our dorms would be. The coaches that we saw, we hit it off and had a great time. We loved it."
Sam Webb: Which coach is recruiting you for Michigan?
Gary Harris: "Coach Jackson."
Sam Webb: What did they say about a scholarship offer?
Gary Harris: "They said I was a priority and they would love to have me. They like my game and they said on June 15th, they would offer me a scholarship when they can call us players."
Sam Webb: You've obviously seen Michigan play… the way they run, their style of play, etc. How would you see yourself fitting into that?
Gary Harris: "Like Manny Harris. He led the Big Ten in shot attempts. They let their guards…if you can play they let you play. I could see myself fitting into that system too."
Sam Webb: What about Coach Beilein? What are your thoughts on Coach B?
Gary Harris: "He's a great guy. He's a great coach. We just hit it off when we were down there. We really enjoyed each other's presence."
Sam Webb: Is heading to a school where the program is already an established power a big deal for you, or would you be willing to be a part of a program that is being built?
Gary Harris: "I'm just really concerned about what the program is going to be like when I get there. I've just got to look at it and see what it is going to be like when I get there and go off that instead of going off what is happening right now because I can't be involved with it right now, so I got to see what's going two years from now."
Sam Webb: One of the things that your AAU coach said recently is that relationships with the coaches are going to be huge for you.
Gary Harris: "Yeah that's going to be the biggest thing. All campuses, they all going to have the facilities and they are all going to have everything. All the campuses are the same just differs in the size and location. The real big difference is going to be the coaching staff and the relationships that we have with each other."
Sam Webb: As far as the rest of the summer is concerned, outside of AAU are you going to be making it to any more road trips, any more campuses?
Gary Harris: "I think I'm going to do Notre Dame later this month, Notre Dame and Xavier. I'm going to do that Nike Hoop Jamboree next weekend."
Sam Webb: Timeline wise, have you sort of laid out sort of a blueprint in your mind for when you want to have this process completely done with?
Gary Harris: "No. There is no specific timeline right now. I'm just trying to see what's best for me. When I find out what's best for me, I'll make a decision. When I feel it is right."
Sam Webb: What about criteria for that choice. When you sit down, whenever that is, when you sit down and make it, what are going to be the most significant factors when you make that final choice?
Gary Harris: "I'm going to the coaching staff that I trust that we have a good relationship with. A place that I'm going to get better… that's the big thing.