Harris to make it official

The early signing period begins today for college basketball and one Texas A&M commit has his paperwork ready to fax. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop catches up with Dashan Harris.

The November early signing period starts on November 14, and Montverde Academy (FL) point guard Dashan Harris expects to have his national letter-of-intent paperwork ready to fax as soon as his parents get into town on Wednesday.

"I'm excited about signing with Texas A&M," Harris said. "I want to sign on Wednesday. My parents will be down here so I can get it done."

Harris plans to fax in his LOI in morning and will become head coach Mark Turgeon's first point guard signee at Texas A&M. Harris sees tomorrow as a first step in a long journey that he believes will provide him early opportunities to prove himself.

"They say they'll need me next year to help out with B.J. (Holmes)," Harris said. "Right now they have some two guards at the point and not playing their natural position. I'll have an opportunity to come in and help out there."

The 6-foot-0, 172-pound guard stays in constant contact with his future teammates, and gets regular updates on the team's progress despite not being able to see the Aggies play on TV in Florida.

"I talk to all of them…Deandre, BJ, Roland and those guys," Harris said. "They say they're learning the new offense and getting better every day. They are getting excited now that everybody is starting to get it."

However, Harris has some business of his own to take care of this winter, as his Montverde Academy teammates are working hard preparing for another successful campaign. Under his leadership at the point over the past two seasons, Montverde is 55-1.

"We started practice last Monday and everything is going well. I think we'll be good," Harris said. "We're going to be a very big team in the paint, and the team will look to me to get them the ball inside, and be the main scorer on the perimeter."

Montverde recently welcomed 6-foot-8 blue chip Steve Tchiengang, a name very familiar with many Aggie fans. Tchiengang, heavily recruited by the previous coaching staff, attended school in Houston and was spotted several times last year at Reed Arena. Tchiengang eventually committed to Vanderbilt.

"Steve is doing well," Harris said. "He has a nice outside shot, but he's tough in the paint and plays very hard. He can beat you inside or outside, and he's a great teammate."

As far as his own game, Harris is pleased so far with his development this offseason.

"I've worked hard on improving my speed and quickness and I notice a difference. I'm able to finish stronger to the basket," Harris said. "I've been working on my mid-range game, being able to hit the shot with elbows and bodies coming at you. I'm much stronger this year."

Harris and his teammates open up the 2007-2008 campaign on November 24. Houston-area Aggie fans can watch their future point guard between December 26 and 29 when Montverde will be in the Houston area to play a couple of games, the first being against Houston Yates.

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