Q&A: Gary Harris Collecting Offers

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Gary Harris is one of the top guards in the class of 2012.  He has offers from Butler, Cincinatti, Illinois, Indiana, IUPUI, Miami (FL), Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Notre Dame Ohio State, Oregon State, Vanderbilt and Xavier. And today, he picked up an official offer from Michigan. Here’s some video of what he can do and my impression of him after watching him earlier this summer:

Whenever I talk about Harris, I have to remind myself not to drift into hyperbole, but it’s hard sometimes. He’s really, really good. He was the best player in the tournament in my opinion. One of the major reasons for that was his consistency. He didn’t just play well for a half before the other team figured him out. He didn’t just whup on all the bad teams. He carried a U16 D-3 Heat team that was playing up to a 17U championship. He had some help, but he was clearly the best player on the court in every game he played. The thing is, every team knew this, keyed on him, and still couldn’t stop him.

Here’s what Harris had to say:

Describe you game I’m a guard who likes to get to the basket and create in transition, but if you sag enough on him he’ll knock down the open jump shot.

Has Michigan offered you yet? I just picked up an offer from Michigan today.

Did you talk to coach Beilein? Yes I did, yeah.

You visited Michigan a couple weeks ago, right? Yeah, I did.

What’d you think? I liked it a lot, it’s a great school with a lot of tradition.

Did you get to meet any of the other coaches? I know Jackson just left and LaVall Jordan is taking his place. Me and LaVall, we already had a good relationship. And the other coaches I have a good relationship with, too.

How do you know LaVall Jordan? Well, he used to recruit me at Iowa, then when he didn’t have a job for a certain amount of time we would always talk, he would come to some of my games and stuff.

What do you like about Michigan? I like the coaching staff. That’s the big thing for me because all schools are always going to have practice facilities, big gyms, they are all going to say they can provide a good education, I mean it’s all going to be the same. So the coaching staff is the big difference for me.

What would you bring to Michigan? I would just bring everything I can. I just want to win as much as possible.

What are you focusing on improving about your game right now? My all-around game. I just want to get better at everything I’m doing. So there’s not one set thing I want to improve on, I want to improve on everything.

Are you planning on going to any elite camps? I’m really not sure yet. I have a real busy schedule and I have football stuff going on too.

Any specific player you’re compared to? People  say a lot of different players that they compare me to, they just say any player that’s real physical, likes to get to the basket in transition and can knock down jumpshots.

  • toblav

    Lets keep the Harris tradition going. Dion, Manny, Gary.

  • waldo78

    It is hard to understand the tone of Harris' voice but the answers appear very encouraging. I noticed he mentioned that everyone has a practice facility but of course ours is in process. If Jb could somehow get this kid, to go with CB in 11, we would have a great making of a backcourt. Throw Yogi in the mix and things could get fun.

  • Brian W

    I'm glad that Gary Harris got an offer. Seems like a great kid.

    Rivals has a recap of the Nike Hoop Jam camp from the weekend. Gary Harris participated in the camp. Glenn Robinson, Jr. (son of the Big Dog from Purdue) was there also.

    http://basketballrecruiting.rivals.com/content….

    SLAM Magazine has a recap of the All Canada Classic. Kevin Pangos and Texas-commit Myck Kabongo went head to head…

    http://www.slamonline.com/online/college-hs/hig

    Annarbor.com did a (very) brief get-to-know-you with Tim Hardaway Jr.

    http://www.annarbor.com/sports/um-basketball/mi

    For Husker fans, Omaha.com did a glossary of Big Ten traditions. Mentions quite a bit about Michigan (Northwestern–not so much). Fortunately they focused on the positive part of the Fab Five (four McDonald's All-Americans and title game appearances).

    http://www.omaha.com/article/20100613/NEWS01/70

  • JB

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=529

    izzo staying at state. no surprise. i think he just wanted to have his ego stroked.

  • ATLblue

    Cant catch a break, now he just looks like so great for staying, even though i dont think he would be successful in the NBA

  • AG2

    Well, if Izzo's going to stay, we just gotta beat 'em.

  • Bluebufoon

    I'm glad Izzo is going nowhere. I want Michigan basketball to get back on its feet with MSU at full-strength, not because their coach left for the Big Bucks of the NBA. If Beilein and his Merry Maize-N-Blue Men, do this thing right on the recruiting trail over the next few months, then its going to be “ON” like Donkey Kong with the so-called powers to-be in the Big Ten Conference.

    Michigan basketball hasn't been down over the last 12 to 15 years due to the dominance of MSU, Wisky or Indiana. We've been down because we cut corners in the maintenance of our program, both the facilities and the acquisition of players & it came back to bite us in the proverbial backside. I think if folks are patient, you're going to see Michigan basketball bounce back with a vegeneance. Go Blue !!!

  • Wayman Britt

    We need at least two big time recruits from the class of 2012. I vote for Harris and Yogi, with Hawkins a close third. To change Beilein's reputation on not being able to sign the big recruit, he needs to land at least two 4 star recruits.

  • maxwell's demon

    Beilein is definitely going to have to prove he can win with lesser (optimistically I suppose “unique”) talent because we certainly aren't going to out-recruit them any time soon.

  • Bluebufoon

    Thats the misconception, in basketball you don't need to out-recruit folks, you just need to fill your needs with above average players at most positions. Thats the beauty of how Izzo's team's played, especially when he got started the man didn't out-recruit people, his teams out-worked you. Izzo has never had more talent than UCLA or North Carolina or the Duke's of the world but his teams have played smart and have been tough.

    Same thing with Wisconsin. A team doesn't have to be filled with McDonald's All-Americans to compete in the Big Ten conference or in the NCAA Tournament. Blue collar, tough-minded basketball wins (consistently), and then you can grow your program from there with better players.

  • andrew

    excellent interview, Joe! I like the fact that Lavall Jordan already has a relationship with the kid. hopefully can leverage that into a recruiting advantage.

  • AG2

    One last thing about He Who Must Not Be Named: I don't buy that he's staying at MSU for good. If he somehow wins another national title, I doubt he'll feel like he owes anyone anything after that.

  • Bluebufoon

    I would almost guarentee Austin Burgett, 6-9 F from Avon, Indiana got an offer from U-M yesterday but thats just an (educated) guess.

  • Dgerichs

    This would be a huge get for Michigan. Gary Harris is a powerful 6’4 point guard who is an unselfish, classy guy. I watch him play a couple times a year. An early commit by him would definitely help our recruitment of other players as well. Every kid in the country knows him.