Harris Rising Fast

Every spring, some players that were flying under the radar begin to get the attention they deserve. One of those players this year is power forward Damontre Harris out of Trinity Christian School in Fayetteville, N.C. DeaconSports spoke with Harris about his exceptional play this spring and where he stands with his recruitment.

Damontre Harris has been a force so far this season on the AAU circuit. The 6'9, 200 pound forward/center has been causing the opposition big problems with his ability to block shots, run the court, and finish down low on the block. Harris has also developed a nice mid-range game which is now in his arsenal.

Harris says his recent improvement is due to one thing -- hard work. "I've just been working real hard and trying to get better each time I play," said Harris. "The big thing is I am getting more confident with my ability to score the ball. I have always been a good defender but now I am concentrating more on scoring."

Harris is a very long player with very good athleticism. He gets up and down the floor well and likes to play transition basketball. "I love to get up and down. I am a very defensive minded player. I like to block shots and I'm a good rebounder. I also think I am good around the basket and I have a good mid-range game."

With his play both last year at Trinity Christian and this spring with the N.C. Force, Harris has seen his recruitment really pick up. He claims offers from South Carolina, Winthrop, Auburn, South Florida, VCU, Xavier, UNC-Wilmington, Western Carolina, and Wake Forest. Damontre is also getting a lot of interest from Oklahoma State, Clemson, and Virginia Tech as well as Boston College.

Harris says he has talked to the Wake coaches and may visit Winston-Salem soon. "I talked to the coaches at Wake and they seem like good people. I think I am going up there for a visit soon to check things out."

So what is Harris looking for in a school? "I want to come in and be able to make an impact my freshman year. Style of play is also very important to me. Also, I would like to stay close enough to home so my mom can watch me play but not too close."

Harris also stated he would like to make a decision by the start of his senior season.

With his great combination of size and athletic ability, it seems like Harris' best basketball is still in front of him. He is already in the Scout.com Top 75 for 2010 and could very well move up the list.


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