Catching up with future Cowboy Terrel Harris

This is the second installment of a series on the five high school basketball players who signed with Oklahoma State in November.

Terrel Harris (6-4 shooting guard, South Garland High in Texas)

South Garland did not play Tuesday night, so where was Harris? Scouting North Garland, the next opponent for Harris and his teammates on Friday night.

"That's the type of guy he is," said South Garland head coach David Lay. "He was out there on his own, scouting and watching them himself."

Harris is averaging 19 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists for South Garland, 17-4 and ranked third in the Dallas Morning News' Class 5A Area Rankings.

"He's playing real well, real steady," said Lay. "He's doing a great job defensively, and just playing great team basketball. That's what I ask him to do."

In a game earlier this season Harris scored 21 of South Garland's 42 points against Rockwall. Last Friday, in their most recent game, Harris scored 21 in South Garland's victory over Naaman Forest.

Lay, however, said that the OSU signees best performances may have been in the prestigious Academy National Invitational played over the Christmas holidays in Houston. Harris scored 21 points in South Garland's two-point loss to Fort Bend Marshall (currently ranked fourth in Class 5A in Texas), he contributed 15 against Houston Bellaire (17th in 5A), and finished with 17 against Alief Taylor.

"He played great in those three games in a row," Lay said. "Against Alief Taylor, he scored 17 and we asked him to guard that kid going Arizona (Fendi Onobun, an early signee to play for Lute Olson and the Wildcats). Defensively, he held (Onobun) to eight points. He's 6-7, 240 pounds, just all muscle, and he held him to eight points.

"He's an incredible defensive player and a team player, and he can put the ball in the hole. He can do whatever you ask him to do, and he's a great team player too."

Next: Gerald Green, 6-8 small forward from Gulf Shores Academy in Houston

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