Jamir Harris was offered by Minnesota nearly a year ago and coaches Kimani Young and Richard Pitino have been consistent in their pursuit.
The 6-foot-2 Harris had a Gopher coach at nearly every game he played for the New Jersey Playaz this past July.
Young and Pitino watched as the guard from The Patrick School gave the Playaz 11.4 points per game (in EYBL play) shooting an impressive 38.5 percent from the arc on 147 attempts.
Jamir has offers from Minnesota, USC, Seton Hall, Creighton, and Alabama plus most of the IVY League is hoping to bring Jamir’s strong academic transcript into their program along with Jamir’s combo guard skills.
Harris has taken a few visits to Ivy League schools unofficially and has now played a pair of official visits for the fall.
“I have an official visit with Minnesota on the 30th of this month,” Harris told GI this morning. “I also have one with Stanford on the 29th of October.”
Jamir’s visit to Minneapolis will be his second of the year. Harris unofficially visited the Gophers last June and enjoyed his time on campus.
“My visit to Minnesota was great and I enjoyed the atmosphere,” said Harris. “I also enjoyed the family oriented aura that I felt throughout the coaching staff, the family, the players, and all of the people in the community.
“I was at Minnesota for two days and was able to see much of the campus. We saw the athletic facilities as well as the team workout plus we met many people in the community and everyone was about Minnesota and their team.
“We also were off campus and went to some places around the city to see what it would be like in the community.”
Minnesota recently earned a commitment from 4 star guard Isaiah Washington which impressed Harris.
“I’m real happy for Isaiah and I know he’s going to be great there,” Harris stated. “I wouldn’t mind playing with him at all. I would enjoy it.”
Harris has a lot of experience playing with talented lead guards as he took the floor with Leondre Washington, RJ Cole, and Marcus McClary every game with the Playaz.
Jamir is a combo guard but the last time GI spoke with him made it very clear that he will play either guard spot at the next level: “I will play whatever the team needs me to do. I don’t have a preferred spot, I just want to do what the team needs,” said Harris.
Harris has nothing but positives to say about the Gopher staff recruiting him.
“I love the Minnesota coaching staff as they are a family oriented staff. My relationship with the coaches and all of the people over there is really good. I can definitely see myself playing there.