Special Day For Fabyon Harris

JUCO point guard Fabyon Harris has battled tragedies in recent years, but he's used those tragedies as motivation to succeed both on the basketball court and in the class room. On Thursday, he'll honor his deceased brother as he signs his letter of intent to play at Texas A&M.

While many basketball spring signees inked their letters of intent on the first day of the April signing period on Wednesday, one top JUCO point guard did not sign and is waiting until April 12 to send in his paperwork. No, Fabyon Harris isn't wavering on his school of choice.

"I can't wait to sign my letter with Texas A&M," Harris said. "It's a great fit for me and I'm ready to get down there this summer and get to work."

Signing a D-1 letter of intent has been his lifelong dream, but that won't be the only reason why this Thursday is a day to remember for the Chicago native. He will also reflect on his tragedies he's had to overcome in his young life, none greater than the loss of his younger brother to gun fire just prior to Harris leaving home to begin his college career at the University of Houston. The date was April 12.

"I'm waiting a day to sign so I can remember and honor my brother who was killed on April 12." Harris said. "He was a big supporter of mine and even though he was younger he always pushed me to work harder. He knew I had the talent to live out my dreams and become successful."

Immediately after his brother's death and the subsequent death of a close friend just weeks apart, Harris was not prepared to leave for Houston and was left searching for answers. He eventually landed at Howard College in Texas, but his heart and mind were not in it and he quickly bounced to another JUCO in California before landing last year at powerhouse College of Southern Idaho.

As a freshman, Harris was the back-up point guard behind NJCAA Player of the Year Pierre Jackson who went on to star at Baylor in 2012. The Golden Eagles captured the national championship in 2011. Harris assumed he reigns of the CSI team this past season and the squad again looked destined for a national title behind his 18 points, five rebounds, and four assists a game. Despite being upset at the national tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas, the Chicago product earned first team all-American and was one of the top JUCO point guard targets of the spring signing period.

Throughout his two years at CSI, his brother was always his inspiration and motivated him to turn his life around and excel both on the court and in the classroom.

"When it first happened, I wasn't prepared to deal with it and I lost my way," Harris said. "But when I got to CSI, there were no distractions and I started to use my brother's death as motivation to work hard and be successful. Every day when I'm working out, I can hear him say ‘Don't stop. Don't give up.' And it makes keep going and work even harder."

Now Harris will take his work ethic to a Texas A&M program that is not only in need of a talented point guard, but also a leader that can motivate his teammates to take their game to another level.

"As a sophomore, I took it upon myself to lead my team by example," Harris said. "Even now that the season is over, I'm still the first in the gym and in the weight room and the last one to leave because I'm showing the young guys what it takes to get better and be successful in life."

Harris hopes to have the same kind of impact when he gets to Texas A&M.

"I can't wait to get down there and go to work with my new teammates," Harris said. "I want to help everybody get better both on and off the court. There aren't too many distractions at A&M, and that's the way I want it….just academics and basketball."

That's just fine with Texas A&M basketball fans.

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