Dino Gaudio and his staff have received their first commitment of the 2009 class in combo guard C.J. Harris and the Mount Tabor High School guard is thrilled to be part of the Demon Deacon program.
"Man it feels great," said Harris. "It is a real relief and I am very happy." Harris has always liked Wake and although Wake was not the first team to offer him a scholarship, he was not frustrated by the process. "During the process I really wanted Wake to step in and offer. I just kept working hard to get better and the work has paid off. It just feels great."
Harris also gave some insight on how he made his decision. "I was going to Michigan this week but I thought about it and my dream was to play in the ACC. So this past weekend I told my high school coach to tell any of the coaches that called him that I was unavailable. I took the weekend to look at all of my options and I made my decision."
As far as what he will bring to the table for the Deacs, Harris said he just wants to win. "I just want to bring some Ws. I want to get to the NCAA tournament and make a run at the national title."
Harris has played well this spring and summer and recently finished second in assists at the NBAPA camp. Harris does not plan on camping anymore this summer and will concentrate on his AAU team and getting ready for his senior season at Mt. Tabor.
This past year, Harris was named MVP of the Frank Spencer Tournament, MVP of the Central Piedmont Conference (CPC) Tournament as well as the CPC Conference and MVP of the NCCA District 7 which includes Davidson, Forsyth, and Guilford Counties. He was also named to the Winston-Salem Journal All-Northwest Team, Winston-Salem Chronicle All County Team, and Traid Sports Weekly All-County 1st Team.
All of these accolades came thanks to an impressive junior season where he racked up 19.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 5.4 assists and 4.5 steals per game. His efforts took Mt. Tabor to the 4-A state playoffs and a 26-4 record while helping the Spartans to win the CPC, the CPC Tournament, the Frank Spencer Tournament, and the North Carolina 4-A state sectional.
Harris was courted by Virginia Tech, Clemson, Michigan, Maryland, Virginia, Stanford, and others prior to committing to Wake Forest.
Harris is a versatile prospect that can play both guard positions and will do whatever he needs for his team to win. He is also a true student athlete with high character and will be a big asset for Wake.