Montverde Academy (FL) point guard Dashan Harris surprised many college basketball observers when he committed to Texas A&M after an August unofficial visit over offers from many schools including Indiana, Kentucky, and USC.
The Class of 2008 guard returned to Aggieland earlier this month for his official visit to take in Maroon Madness, bond with his future teammates, and see more of the campus. Most importantly, the 6-foot, 175-pound guard wanted to get a feel for the university with the students in session.
"When I came in August, the students weren't there so I wanted to check out the campus with it full," Harris said. "The students were great. They go crazy over their sports whether it's volleyball, soccer, football. I'm looking forward to playing in front of them. A lot of students already knew who I was."
Harris wants to major in business administration, and he met with academic advisers and even took in a class with friend and future teammate Deandre Jordan.
"Yeah, I went to an accounting class with Deandre. He's even a leader in class," Harris said. "I also got to meet with some business professors and advisers to talk about my curriculum."
After a busy day on-campus Friday that focused on academics, the remainder of the weekend was all about basketball and bonding with his future Aggie teammates and having some fun at Maroon Madness, the official tipoff of the new season.
"I watched their first practice on Friday. It was intense. They practiced hard and at a very quick pace," Harris said. "They spent a lot of time working on defense, and they pushed the ball up on offense a lot which is my style. I thought they looked good for a first practice."
After a grueling practice, Harris and the team had fun with the Maroon Madness festivities featuring special guest performer Soulja Boy.
"Soulja Boy was there having a good time. He got everybody going," Harris said. "We all had fun and the arena was sold out. It was crazy. That's what it's all about."
But ultimately, the weekend was about bonding with his new coaches and teammates, and reaffirming his commitment to Texas A&M.
"These guys are like brothers already. I feel like I'm on the team now," Harris said. "I feel like I fit in here with the players. Coach Turgeon is a great coach. I'm looking forward to getting here next summer and working out with my teammates and getting ready for my freshman year."
Harris would like to make it down one last weekend before his senior high school season starts, and join fellow Floridian and Class of 2008 A&M commit David Loubeau on his official visit in November.
"I talked to David. His official visit is next month and I'd like to go back there with him," Harris said. "I learn something new about Texas A&M every time I go down there."
Harris plans to sign a letter-of-intent with the Aggies during the early signing period in November.
Harris already "a brother" to Aggies
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