King City Interview: Gary Harris

GoBlueWolverine was on hand for the LeBron James Skills Academy and King City Classic in Ohio last week. While there we caught up with one of the top prospects on Michigan's 2012 recruiting board, Fishers (IN) Hamilton-Southeastern guard Gary Harris.

GoBlueWolverine: We were able to watch you both at the skills academy and here at the King City Classic.  Talk to me a little bit about the skills academy, first. 

Gary Harris: "It was a great experience.  I mean we did a lot of hard work to help our individual games and help our team games, too.  I learned a lot while I was up there."

GoBlueWolverine: What were the coaches working on with you, specifically, in terms of improving your game?

Gary Harris: "Just different ways to get to the basket and finish at the basket.  Working on shooting, dribbling… pretty much, with me, they were working on all aspects of the game."

GoBlueWolverine: Now, were you mostly working as a 2 guard there or as a 3?

Gary Harris: "Mostly with the wings."

GoBlueWolverine: Scout has you listed as a shooting guard, how do you think you're set right now, in terms of position?

Gary Harris: "I'm sometimes outside of the arc and sometimes I'm on the wing.  It just depends on like what with my AAU team usually needs during the game or what my school team needs.  It just depends on how I grow the next couple of years because I'm young.  I'm still not even 16 years old yet so it will depend on how much bigger I get.  That will impact what I'm going to play."

GoBlueWolverine: So you think you're versatile enough to slide down to even a pure 3 if you get big enough?

Gary Harris: "If I get big enough, definitely."

GoBlueWolverine: Do you have a preference in terms of what position you end up at?

Gary Harris: "No, I really don't have a preference."

GoBlueWolverine: Describe your game for us in terms of the strengths of what you bring.  You clearly have a nice looking shot, but what are the other strengths of your game?

Gary Harris: "I'd probably say just mixing it up.  Sometimes I'm driving and sometimes I'm shooting… not just being set on doing one thing.  I like having more to my game than just shooting or just driving.  I'm just a versatile player."

GoBlueWolverine: Do you have anything specifically that you feel you might be a little weaker at or that you want to improve upon?

Gary Harris: "I want to improve on my dribbling.  I really want to make sure to get tighter handles.  Shooting – I want to be more consistent when I'm shooting, too.  Getting stronger.  Really, just improving all aspects of my game."

GoBlueWolverine: Did you have a favorite coach that you've been working with at the skills academy and here at King City?  I know you were working with Greg Paulus a bit.

Gary Harris: "Yeah I was with Greg Paulus all week and he's a great guy.  He's a really good coach and we had a good time."

GoBlueWolverine: Moving on to your games, here at the King City Classic, your team suffered a couple of losses but how do you feel you played overall?

Gary Harris: "I think I did pretty good.  I really couldn't score as much as I'm used to because there's so much competition up here .  But I think that I did other stuff to help me stand out, like playing good defense and stuff."

GoBlueWolverine: How's the season going?

Gary Harris: "We're doing really good.  I think we've lost only 3 games all spring and summer.  They just played in the Adidas invitational and they did pretty good up there, too; lost in the elite eight.  But they did pretty good."

GoBlueWolverine: On to recruiting… who are you hearing the most from right now?

Gary Harris: "Probably Indiana, Xavier, Michigan and Ohio State.  Those are like the 4 main ones that I'm hearing the most from and getting the most mail from and talking to the most."

GoBlueWolverine: Do you have any schools that you have not heard as much from but that you want to hear more from?

Gary Harris: "I really don't have any schools that I just want to talk to or have any dream school or anything.  I mean, whoever talks to me talks to me.  I'll just take it how it goes, I guess."

GoBlueWolverine: Did you follow any schools personally when you were younger or have a "fan favorite" so to speak?

Gary Harris: "Ah, I'm usually like a fair weather fan.  If somebody has a good player I like them and then, when they don't, I don't like them.  Whoever pretty much has the best players I'm always liking that team.  I'm not really a set true fan in terms of college."

GoBlueWolverine: Let's talk Michigan for a bit:  We've talked to you about your visit before, but tell us again what kind of impact that had on you.

Gary Harris: "It was great.  I had a great time.  They showed us the facilities.  I know there's a lot of construction and stuff going on but it's going to look nice by the time I get up there.  Real nice! It felt good to get the offer from Coach Belein.  It meant a lot to me."

GoBlueWolverine: Do you have a bit of a relationship with Coach Beilein at this point?

Gary Harris: "Yeah we have a good relationship.  Beilein, Bacari, Coach Meyer and Coach LaVall.  LaVall just got there … but I have pretty much a good relationship with all of them."

GoBlueWolverine: Ann Arbor isn't too far from Indianapolis, so not too far away from home, but does distance play a factor for you at all in your recruiting?

Gary Harris: "I really don't think it plays too much of a factor.  I don't think so."

GoBlueWolverine: Last but certainly not least, on an academic front, obviously you said you're not even 16 yet, but have you thought about what you might like to study or what programs you might like to find at whatever school you end up choosing?

Gary Harris: "Nah, I'm not sure.  I haven't thought about it really yet."

Interview by Ben Krasner

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