No Surprise

Eron Harris wasn't surprised when West Virginia showed late interest in him during the recruiting process. The Lawrence North High School product was expecting more attention after a solid summer season, so when the Mountaineers came calling, he took it as a matter of course.

Coming from basketball rich Indianapolis, Harris is at a crossroads of the game, and after a season of excellent AAU play and a win in a high school summer league in the area, the shooting guard had piled up contacts. Wisconsin, Dayton, Xavier, Minnesota, New Mexico and Colorado were just some of the teams to get in touch with Harris. As a result, it wasn't a shock to see another team put its hat into the ring, but what was surprising was the speed with which the attraction progressed to an offer and then a commitment.

They called my coach a couple of weeks ago, and then came down to watch me work out," Harris said. "Then they came to my house, and we set up the visit. I talked to Coach Harrison a lot, who handled my recruitment. He really knows what he is doing,. He's very welcoming, and tells you everything you need to know."

West Virginia has been targeting shooting guards for the final spots in this year's class, and Harris believes he fits that bill.

"I think I will be a two guard in college, but I think I'm a combination guard, too," he explained. I'm a good shooter, but I can put it on the floor and get to the basket too. I probably started out driving the ball more, but I've worked on my shooting and it has progressed a lot."

Another side of Harris' skill set is his defensive ability – something that is sure to endear him to head coach Bob Huggins.

"I take I lot of pride in my defense," the well-spoken senior said. "I have put a lot of work in on my defense, and I have gotten a lot better there. The coaches like the fact that I can play defense."

Harris' visit was his first to the WVU campus, where he found almost everything to his liking.

"I got to meet all the players, and they were really cool," he said. "They were all ready to take me in from the minute I got there. I had a good time with them. I really liked the town, too. The campus runs right through everything. It's all right there, part of the town, and that was cool."

And the one drawback?

"The hills, I didn't like," he said with a laugh. "But I can deal with that. We don't have anything like that here [in Indianapolis]."

Harris plans to study in the communications or business field, and anticipates no problems in qualifying. He currently checks in at just short of six feet, four inches, and weighs 170 pounds.

"I would like to be at about 185 or 190 by the time I come to college," he said. "I'm taking a strength class right now, and we weigh in every week, so I am keeping track of that."

Harris said he will not take any other visits, and will sign during the early period. He's now eying a state title run with his talented Lawrence North team, which is typically a power in Indiana basketball.

"We won a summer league tournament, and we think we have a really good team," he said. "We think we are good enough to win a state championship."

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