Martez Harris is headed to the University of Tennessee at Martin. The athletic guard recently pulled the trigger on his college decision after a good night's rest.
"I went to sleep a Redhawk (Seneca H.S.) and woke up a Skyhawk (UT Martin)," Harris said.
The 6-foot-1 Harris had a stellar junior season that in turn helped to lure in the college coaches. He had received interest from a number of schools over the past year, but recently had whittled his list down to three remaining teams.
"The only other schools that I was interested in was Morehead State and EKU (Eastern Kentucky)," Harris told Scout Kentucky Preps.
Harris recently took a visit to Martin, Tennessee and came away extremely impressed with the environment on campus.
"The biggest factors for me with UT Martin were how cool the players were," Harris said. "I really liked the campus, its not too far from home."
While the quick bond he formed with the current Skyhawk players and the close proximity of Martin, TN to Louisville, KY were major tipping points, there were other factors that played a key role in Harris' decision to give his pledge to UTM head coach Jason James as well.
"…The coaches had me as their number one guy", Harris said. "Also, I liked how serious the coaches were about winning and (helping) me to get better and better."
Harris, who was the leading scorer for the Kentucky squad as a participant in the Battle of the Bridges game against Indiana recently, also liked the fact that he could possibly see early playing time as a freshman.
"I see myself coming in as a combo guard that will compete for minutes and a starting spot by working hard," Harris said. "The team is skilled, athletic, and hard working and I will always be able to fit into that environment."
In Harris, the Skyhawks are getting a lean, ultra athletic scorer who is not afraid to buckle down and play defense.
Below is a Scout Kentucky Preps rundown of Martez Harris' performance at the Battle of the Bridges recently in Sellersburg, Indiana.
"Harris is a 6-foot-1 guard who was extremely active on both ends of the court in this contest. His 14 points, which led the way for the Kentucky squad, were highlighted by a dunk and a foul that brought the crowd to its feet. He made several shots in the paint and was able to convert from the free throw line. Harris is a good athlete and showed a competitive side by playing aggressive defense when the game tightened up."