Is Gary Harris really interested in Vandy?

CLEVELAND, Ohio-- 5-star prospect Gary Harris of Hamilton Southeastern (IN) is the number ten ranked player in the class of 2012 and he holds a Vanderbilt offer. That is one of just many, though, for the 6'4, 195-pound shooting guard, as he reeled off a long list while at the King City Classic. What are his thoughts on Vanderbilt? Look inside to find out.

Harris lists Butler, Xavier, Indiana, IUPUI, Notre Dame, Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Vanderbilt, Oregon State, and Miami as the programs who have offered. Louisville, West Virginia, Washington, and Arizona are showing interest in him.

The rising junior does not have any favorites at this point and is not sure when he will make his commitment. "No, I don't have a set time," Harris said. "I'm not in any rush to make it though."

On what he is looking for in a college, Harris remarked, "I think a good relationship with the coaching staff, comfort [level], and trusting them."

Harris was born in Lafayette, Indiana, but moved to Nashville, Tennessee before then moving back to the Hoosier State. With Vanderbilt being in his former home of Nashville, might that be a factor in his decision?

"That helps a lot because I still have friends down there, friends and family I go to visit," Harris said. "On my Vanderbilt visit I got to see old people I hadn't seen. That was good."

Harris said that his trip to the SEC school came "early in the winter." As for whether Harris would prefer to remain in the Midwest for college or head back to the Southeast, he commented, "I don't have a preference. The Southeast is a lot warmer, [which is] always good."

The main coach from Vanderbilt who has been pursuing Harris is Assistant Coach King Rice.

Harris' mother played NCAA basketball, so he clearly has basketball bloodlines, something that cannot hurt when it comes to his recruitment from the colleges' perspective.

The sturdy two guard did not have his best showing while at the King City Classic, but that was not for a lack of trying. A highly-touted prospect, Harris was one of just the 15 or so players in his class at the LeBron James Skills Academy and King City Classic. He is ranked by Scout as the number two guard, including both the one and the two, in the crop of rising juniors.

With his connection to the city of Nashville, and thus Vanderbilt University, one would think that Gary Harris will seriously consider the Commodores. Having already offered the elite 2012 prospect, it is clear that Kevin Stallings and Co. are seriously considering Harris.

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