Purdue to host Harris

Purdue will host three-star forward Malek Harris on campus Friday for an unofficial visit. The tour of town will help Harris determine whether the Boilermakers a player in his recruitment.

In the coming weeks, Malek Harris will narrow his schools. A Friday visit in West Lafayette will determine whether Purdue makes the cut.

Harris has been on the Boilermakers' recruiting radar for several months, with associate head coach Jack Owens keeping in frequent contact with the three-star forward. While on campus, Harris hopes to get a feel for what Purdue has to offer.

"I just want to get to know the coaching staff, the campus, the facilities, and just learn a lot about Purdue," said Harris.

Harris is a 6-foot-7, 200-pound forward who attends Carl Sandberg (Ill.) High School and plays with the Illinois Wolves on the AAU circuit. His stock has risen over the past few months and that trend may continue as the July evaluation period approaches.

Thus far, Harris has received scholarship offers from Creighton, DePaul, Iowa, Kansas State, Marquette, Missouri, Oregon State, and others. Recently, he has received interest from Illinois, Kansas, Northwestern and Purdue.

Harris is hopeful a Purdue offer could come during Friday's visit, but said he doesn't want to make an assumption. If it were to come, he would have to give the Boilermakers a close look in his recruitment.

"It would definitely be a school that I'd want to consider," said Harris, "just because of the distance and playing Big Ten ball."

Even before being on campus, Harris has a good feeling for what Purdue has to offer. Coach Owens and the coaching staff have kept the forward interested what they have to offer.

"Purdue is a great program, a great school and they have a great basketball program," he said. "It's definitely one of the top schools around. I'm interested to see how I would fit in what they've got going there."

After Friday's visit, Harris will know whether Purdue is a player in his recruitment.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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