Paul Harris Attends Syracuse Elite Camp

Paul Harris, one of the top players in the class of 2006 and the prime target of the Syracuse Orange, attended the Syracuse Nike Elite Camp in the Carrier Dome over the weekend. More than 100 American and International players attended the one-day camp Saturday, which stressed skills over competition.

The 6'4" Harris arrived all smiles before donning uniform #11 then proceeding to take part in the various skills tests. Harris showed off the reasons why he is such a coveted player in this class. Physically, he is a step above others, regardless of position. The Niagara Falls High School product dominated in drills that showcased strength and positioning. Harris has a very strong set of hands, capable of palming a basketball while holding it at his side, an unusual ability for a player projected to eventually play at the point.

Harris' greatest asset may be his ability to defend. His strength pushes players further from the rim than they'd prefer and he has uncanny shotblocking ability for a player his height.

Although Harris did not give a verbal commitment to the Syracuse staff during the camp, he did exchange a few smiles with Head Coach Jim Boeheim and Assistant Coach Mike Hopkins during the breaks in the drills.

Harris has narrowed his list to Syracuse and Pittsburgh for a college choice and has stated during the recruiting process that Syracuse is a clear leader. It is believed Harris would not be eligible for the 2006 NBA draft, as he would be considered a senior at prep school, not a post-graduate student. The NBA and Players union have agreed in principal to an age requirement that would force players to be at least 19 years old and a year removed from their graduating class.

Harris has not decided on which prep school he will attend.


Syracuse Assistant coach Mike Hopkins was the lead coach for the camp. Among the camp coaches were Syracuse Associate Head Coach Bernie Fine, Assistant Head Coach Rob Murphy, former Syracuse players Herman Harried, Gene Waldron, Roosevelt Bouie, Wendell Alexis, and Lazarus Sims.

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