October 6, 2010

Harris high on Buckeyes

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With a very impressive 2011 class coming to a close for Ohio State, Thad Matta continue to hit the recruiting trail for the 2012 class in search for potential impact players.

Gary Harris, a 6-foot-4, 170-pound shooting guard from Fishers, Ind., is one of those highly sought-after products who has a list that continues to grow on an almost daily basis.

While it's still very early in the process for Harris, he already has a solid list of potential destinations, including Ohio State. He isn't quite ready to cut his list down, but it has been a topic of discussion with him and his family.

"Everything's going pretty good. I'm still taking everything slow and I'm just enjoying it right now," said Harris on Thursday. We've thought about it [cutting list] but we really haven't established the schools or the ones that I've really been concentrating on. We have thought about it and we're going to get that together here pretty soon."

Of the schools calling on Harris, most of the aggressive recruiters are from Big Ten country, which should shape up to be an interesting battle for his services between inner-conference foes. However, staying in the Big Ten, or even in his home state of Indiana for that matter, isn't something he feels the need to do.

"Ohio State, Michigan State, IU, Xavier, Michigan, Illinois, Notre Dame…those are probably the schools that have been after me the most," he said. "I don't think there is any pressure [to stay in Big Ten]. I don't really let anybody get to me, it's just me and my family and those are the only ones I'm really looking to so I don't really feel any pressure."

When it comes to Ohio State, the coaching staff has done a tremendous job of making Harris feel wanted, and the relationship he and his family have developed with Matta and his staff is something that will make a difference throughout the recruiting process.

"Yes they have been" Harris stated when asked about whether Ohio State has been calling. "Coach Matta and Coach Miller are the main ones recruiting me but Coach Boals, he's a great guy too and they have a great coaching staff. Yeah we do have a great relationship. I'll give them a call and they'll give me a call. We have a pretty good relationship."

As to whether or not the system Matta has in place in Columbus fits Harris' skill set, he made it clear that what the Buckeye's like to do offensively is perfect for the type of player he is.

"Oh yes, they play up and down and go, that's how I play basketball so they fit the way I play. It is a school that I like. They have a chance just like everybody else."

"I'm a combo guard; I can dribble the ball. I can play the point or I can play the two. I can get to the basket and I'm really good in transition and I can also shoot the ball and get other players involved."

When it comes to eventually choosing a school, Harris will make his decision based on several different factors, but the most obvious one is his comfort level with that school and its coaching staff.

"I just want to choose a place that I feel the most comfortable with. I just have to go the place where I can become a better person and a better basketball player."

With it being so early in the process for Harris, he hasn't even thought about a timetable for a decision, nor has he setup multiple visits. As it stands right now, Harris is going to take his time and let the process play out and when the time is right, he'll take the next step.

"There's no timetable. I'm just going through the process right now but if there's a time when I feel like making a decision, I'll make my decision," he stated. "I'm going to be at IU on Saturday. There's nothing set after that but I just have to sit down and see what I can do."

He has plenty of upside, and offensively, is the type of prospect that any coach would love to bring into his program. With so many programs from the same conference recruiting Harris, it should make for an interesting situation when he ultimately makes a decision on his future.


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