Bone & Bennett going head to head over Harris

CHELAN'S JOE HARRIS is officially a hot hoops commodity. The Cougs offered the 6-5 wing last month and a recruiting battle royale has now emerged between the current and former coaches of Washington State. Tony Bennett offered Harris last week and who knows what may ensue after he attends Gonzaga's camp on Friday. In a wide ranging interview, Harris talks Cougs, Cavs and the legend of Kyle Weaver.

Joe Harris, a lengthy off guard/combo guard who can both shoot it and put it on the deck, took part in Washington State's elite camp this past weekend, where Bone and staff were busy coaching up over 50 hardcourt prospects.

"There were about 55 kids there, they put us through some drills and then we went through some open gym style and five on five continuous...It was really fun, I had a really good time. I had a chance to sit down and talk with coach Bone a lot," said Harris.

Harris is also well familiar with Bone's assistant coaches.

"I talk with a lot of their assistants there all the time, especially coach (Curtis) Allen and coach (Ben) Johnson. It was great to get to talk more with those guys...Coach Allen is awesome (and he's) good at interacting with kids our age. He's a guy that everybody was talking to at our camp."

HARRIS SAID KYLE WEAVER's name has come up often in his discussion with Bone. Kyle Weaver, now in the NBA with Oklahoma City, helped fuel Washington State's NCAA tourney runs in 2006-07 and 2007-08. calls Harris a skilled offensive player who can attack off the dribble or bury deep jumpers.

"Coach Bone sends me a lot of letters, and he likes to compare me to Kyle Weaver," said Harris.

BONE ISN'T the only one who offered a scholarship and drawn comparisons to Weaver. Before his WSU camp experience, Harris was back East last week and camped with Tony Bennett at Virginia.

"I actually got an offer from Virginia, I really like coach Bennett and I'm (intrigued) with playing in the ACC," said Harris. "He kinda talked about how he was from Wisconsin-Green Bay and that's the area Kyle Weaver was from, and when he got the job at Washington State, he wanted to bring Kyle over there and try to establish the good tradition at Washington State."

Other schools of interest include San Diego, UW and Gonzaga, and Harris will be at a Bulldog camp this weekend in Spokane. Harris said he hadn't heard from UW until just recently, but that since it began, the Husky contact has been steady and frequent.

WITH BENNETT OFFERING and putting on the full court press, Harris said he now has co-leaders.

"I'd probably have to say my top choices would be Washington State and Virginia," said Harris. "I've always liked coach Bennett, I really like the type of guy he is..

"And I love coach Bone, I think he's obviously a very successful coach. He's also a great guy, too."

Harris said he plans on taking some time with a verbal commitment.

"I just want to be 100 percent sure, so however long that takes is how long I'll wait to make a decision," said Harris.

Joe Harris profile

As a junior, Harris was named the 2008-09 Class 1A Player of the Year in Washington, averaging 26 ppg that included an outstanding performance in the state tournament.

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