Rivals150 guard Chris Harris' game taking off
Junior shooting guard Chris Harris just snuck into the summer ending update to the 2019 Rivals150, he's more than solidified his status as one of the country's best scorers and a high major prospect since then.
The 6-foot-2 scoring machine at Garland (Texas) South Garland currently checks in at No. 150 but is on pace to make a nice move up the next time the 2019 class gets updated. More important than improved rankings, his recruitment as taken off as Baylor, North Texas, Oklahoma State, SMU, Texas A&M, Tulsa and UNLV are among those to offer scholarships to the talented shooter.
IN HIS OWN WORDS
Harris has taken unofficial visits to Oklahoma State, SMU, Texas A&M and Tulsa. He broke down what he likes about each program.
Oklahoma State: "The fast pace they play with stands out. I like an offense where we can run and get up the court and beat the bigs. I played with them on my unofficial and they treated me the same, like I was one of them. When we went to go eat I felt like they treated me like family."
SMU: "They are one of my top schools right now. You know they treat me like family. I went up there to watch how they do practice and how they review film. I love how they do film work, they correct and they get right to it."
Texas A&M: "It was really fun, I connected with all of them down there. The coaches all treated me like I was already committed. I got to play against the players, I got buckets, but they showed me what it was like to compete and to be in college. Assistant coach Ulric Maligi says I play like Admon Gilder, a bully guard."
Tulsa: "Coach (Frank) Haith really lets his guards play. I like being on the ball and I like being able to do what I can do best, score, and get my team involved. He says that he would let me play when I got there and that I would have the green light.
So far this winter, we've not seen many juniors who have taken a bigger step forward with their game than Harris has.
While he's always been a dangerous jump shooter, he's been a little on the stocky side and somewhat predictable. He's worked himself into terrific physical condition and has really rounded out his game. He has one of the best one or two dribble pull-up jumpers in the country and has really improved as a playmaker off the dribble. Watching him, he reminds of bit of a mix between Texas A&M's Admon Gilder and Creighton's Marcus Foster.
To truly maximize his potential, Harris could add the ability to play stretches at the point guard. It's something that he's recognized and is making a priority moving forward.
"I want to work on my point guard skills this year and next year," said Harris. "When I get to college I want to be able to play either on or off the ball and be comfortable doing it."
Harris hasn't indicated any favorites just yet, but the early feel is that he'll likely end up staying relatively close to home. However, he won't be cutting or finalizing his list for at least another seven or eight months.
"I won't cut things down until after summer next year," said Harris." It's just too early to tell. I have so many coaches in and out of my phone right now that I don't need to narrow it down yet."