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Paul Harris continues to have a terrific spring on the AAU circuit. He also lists the University of Connecticut as one of his top schools

One of the issues facing the Connecticut basketball program in the 2006 recruiting campaign is whether to make an offer to inside/outside combo guard/forward Paul Harris, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound athlete from Niagara Falls High School in Niagara Falls, New York. Harris is considered one of the better talents in the class of 2006. He was very impressive at this past weekend's Rumble in the Bronx at Fordham University.

Harris spearheaded the GC Ballers' overtime win over the New York Gauchos in pool play, scoring 20 points. Harris had two crucial steals in the last minute and a half of overtime, and orchestrated the game-winning play as time expired.

With 15 seconds to play in overtime and the game tied at 64, Harris dribbled the ball up the floor, guarded by the Gauchos' Saiquon Stone. As he neared the top of the key, he broke left and zipped a pass against his body to a cutting Rodney Pierce, who laid the ball in as time expired for a dramatic win.

It's hard to pin down exactly where Harris fits position-wise, because he can do a number of different things well; Paul can handle the ball, pass it, hits the glass, slashes, and defends. The one aspect of his game we didn't get a good feel for was his jumpshot, as he preferred the drive. But Harris looks as if he could handle anywhere from the one to the three slots capably. He has a solid frame and good strength, and impressed with his physical and mental toughness.

Among the schools who have expressed an interest in Harris in the early going besides the Connecticut program are Pittsburgh, Syracuse, St. Bonaventure, Connecticut, and Ohio University. Pittsburgh appears to be very confident in the skills of Harris. They have already offered a scholarship. Ohio University also has made a serious early pitch by extending a scholarship offer.

But will Connecticut eventually offer? Harris' hot play this spring has to be putting the young man on their recruiting radar screens. But it's early in the process to land 2006 recruits. The Connecticut program is coming off a National Championship and should be in the stage where they can pick and choose some star high school players in the upcoming classes.

Harris will travel with Jeff Bishop's GC Ballers this summer, and the team will be at the Big Time Tournament in Las Vegas in July. He will also compete at the Adidas camp in Atlanta.


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