Wide interest in wide open Harris

Detroit Redford standout Corperryale "Manny" Harris has an IU unofficial visit under his belt and an Indiana scholarship offer in hand. Harris talks about the Hoosiers' recruiting efforts and the other schools he is considering.

Indianapolis – Corperryale Harris is in the Hoosiers' crosshairs.

The 6-foot-4, 170-pound guard from Detroit's Redford H.S. has been one of the top must-see attractions for IU assistant coach Rob Senderoff, who is in Indianapolis this week scouting IU targets at the Nike All-America Camp. And Harris is well aware of the interest Senderoff and the Hoosiers have in him.

"They've had a lot of interest," Harris said. "It seems they are on me hard."

Indiana is one of many programs, though, that are after the wing guard. Harris also listed Michigan, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Miami (Fla.) among those that he's interested in, and said there are a handful of others that have been in pursuit as well.

"I'm still wide open," Harris said.

So what's there for Indiana to like about Scout.com's 50th-ranked player in the 2007 class? He's a lanky wing who can do a little bit of everything, displaying an ability to rebound from his guard position and score in transition. He has a variety of ways to score around the basket, and he's working on his perimeter shooting stroke as well.

Those skills enabled him to average 25 points, seven rebounds and four assists as a junior, all while helping lead Redford to a runner-up finish in the Michigan state tournament.

That breakout season, coupled with a big spring with The Family AAU squad, has helped Harris's stock grow, and more programs have been taking notice. This week was his first appearance in the Nike All-America Camp, providing him with further opportunity to increase his recruiting profile.

"This is my first time here, and it's good competition," Harris said. "I'm concentrating on myself so I can be higher in the rankings."

Whether his Nike performance allows him to climb in Scout.com's national rankings or not, there's little doubt Harris will have plenty of college options once it comes time to make a decision. He said this week he'd like to have the decision out of the way before the start of his high school season, suggesting he'll look to sign during the November early signing period.

He is also doing what he can to examine some of his college suitors as well. He's made unofficial visits to Michigan and Indiana, with the adidas May Classic providing him with his opportunity to look at the IU program and around the IU campus.

He said he's looking for a program where he can be a factor quickly, and one that has a chance to be successful on a national level.

"I want to go somewhere I can play, somewhere I have a good opportunity to win a national championship," Harris said. "I also want a coach that will be hard on my and not let me slack. I want to be surrounded by a bunch of good people."

Harris isn't the only member of his family with a solid basketball future. His sister, Janelle, led Detroit's Renaissance H.S. to the state championship this past spring, highlighted by a 31-point performance in a huge quarterfinal round upset of Detroit Country Day H.S. The 6-0 Janelle has signed a basketball scholarship to play at Marquette beginning this fall.


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