Paul Harris Heads to NBPA Top 100 Camp

The Syracuse University basketball program is eagerly awaiting its first commitment for the Class of 2006. At the top of the wish list is 6-4 power guard Paul Harris of Niagara Falls.

Harris is busy this week at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Richmond, VA., competing against the top players in America and he'll be trying to add to his run of recent success. In his first game at the camp, Harris poured in 14 points leading his team to an 80-69 victory, continuing his strong play this year.

In the past 3 months, he has lifted his stock as much as any player in his class and Delivered his Niagara Falls high school team a New York State Basketball Championship while playing with a broken thumb. Earlier this month, he led his USA White team to a Gold Medal at the USA Basketball Festival in San Diego--a performance in which the physical 6-4 guard led the entire camp in rebounding.

Harris' recruitment has dragged on a bit longer than expected. He has listed both Pittsburgh and Syracuse as his potential college destinations, often indicating a decision was near. He even told a Buffalo paper that he was "90% sure" he was going to wear Orange. But Harris' busy summer, along with a decision on where to attend prep school next year, has delayed an announcement.

Even if the Orange land Harris, they may have to wait out a possible decision by Harris to go directly to the NBA. The NBA has reached tentative agreement with the players union on an age limit to apply for the NBA draft. Exactly how the age limit would work, and how it would apply to Harris, who will satisfy the age requirement and spend a year at prep school prior to attending college, is still not exactly clear.

Despite dominating performances against his peers, NBA scouts still see cracks in Harris' game--specifically his perimeter shooting. They'd also like to see him refine his decision making with the ball, because nearly all agree his future in "the league" is at the PG position.

Still, Harris has skyrocketed up the recruiting rankings to land at #9 in latest 2006 rankings. Many believe his toughness and leadership skills make him a near can't miss on the college court.

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