After struggling with one point guard on the roster in 2012, Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy told the media that he would never be short-handed again at the guard spot. With nationally-touted high school point guard J-Mychal Reese signed in the fall, Kennedy added his second point guard for next season when College of Southern Idaho (CSI) sophomore Fabyon Harris committed to the Aggies immediately after his official visit this weekend.
"Yes sir, I committed today," Harris said. "I'm coming to Texas A&M."
After winning a national championship last season as the No. 2 point guard behind future Baylor star Pierre Jackson, Harris assumed leadership of the powerhouse JUCO program and once again led CSI to a consensus No. 1 ranking before being upset at the national tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas. He finished the season averaging 18 points, five rebounds, and four assists a game.
His performance made him one of the most coveted JUCO point guards of the spring signing period with teams like Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, and even Kansas recruiting the 5-foot-10, 170-pound prospect. But it was Texas A&M assistant coach Glenn Cyprien that connected with the Chicago native.
"I built a great relationship with Coach Cyp. He really opened my eyes to Texas A&M," Harris said. "I knew if I felt comfortable with the players and I liked the campus and the community, I would probably commit. Everything checked out this weekend, so I'm coming to Texas A&M."
Ironically, it was another point guard named Harris that helped him make his decision last night. Senior point guard Dash Harris gave him his vote of approval for this experience at Texas A&M and the opportunity to develop his game under the current staff.
"I went out with dash and some of the guys, and he just told me to keep my head on straight. He said Texas A&M can be a great place if you let it in," Harris said. "He said the coaches know what they are doing and if I work hard the pieces are in place to do something special here."
While Dash Harris' words certainly helped persuade the younger Harris to pull the trigger, his comfort level with the players and coaches is what he was really looking for on his visit.
"I had to fit in with the players if I was going to play here. The guys were great. They were all chill…Ray, Keith, J-Mike, Elston…they are all low key, cool guys that I get along with," Harris said. "I can't deal with a bunch of guys that are loud and talk about themselves all the time. It was all good."
The CSI product was considering taking an official visit to Tennessee a couple of days ago, but after his experience at Texas A&M he says he's done with the process and now he's looking forward to April 12 to sign his letter of intent.
"I'm done with the process. I'm happy with my choice," Harris said. "Right now, I'm just looking forward to signing on April 12 in honor of my brother. He was killed on April 12 and I want to think about him on that day when I sign. It's all for him."
Asked about his strengths as a player, Harris was quick to answer.
"My strength is my hard work and dedication to succeed in life," Harris said. "I'm going to make it, and I work hard every day on the court and in the classroom to make sure I reach my goal."
Harris plans to be in College Station to start working out with his new team on June 1 when he finishes with his schedule at CSI.
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