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Who is Eron Harris?

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Eron Harris (pronounced Aaron Harris) is a new name on the college basketball market. He has two seasons under his belt at West Virginia but is transferring out of Morgantown to offer his services to one lucky school in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.

Since receiving his release earlier this week, Harris has heard from several suitors, Kentucky included. So tonight let’s run down who he is and why the Cats are going after him.

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At West Virginia:

Harris was Dub-V’s second-leading scorer in 2013-14 at 17.2 points per game. He averaged over 30 minutes per contest and shot over 40 percent from the field, including a team-high 42 percent from downtown.

As a true freshman in 2012-13, Harris led the Mountaineers in scoring with just under 10 points in 22 minutes per game. He was the first freshman to lead the Mountaineers in four decades.

Why he’s transferring:

To be closer to home in Indianapolis, he says, although he is considering UCLA for his next school. “If UCLA is interested and my family would be able to fly out and see me play, I’d look at that,” he told the Indy Star.

Who has been calling:

Butler, Indiana, Purdue, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Louisville, New Mexico, Notre Dame, Ohio State and UCLA

What he is saying about Kentucky:

“If you hear Kentucky is interested, of course you’d have to be interested.”

Who leads:

Harris insists everything is wide open, but when asked which schools he plans to visit, he mentioned Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue.

ESPNU Campus Connection profile with incredibly awkward host:

From February of Harris’ freshman season…

Coming out of high school in 2012:

A three-star prospect, Harris drew offers from West Virginia (obviously), Wisconsin, Dayton, Evansville, Kent State, Tennessee Tech and Buffalo. He was unranked at his position.

Purdue connection:

Harris’ father went to Purdue — he tried out for the basketball team but didn’t make it — and Purdue head coach Matt Painter scouted Eron in high school without extending an offer.

“None of those big Indiana schools offered me,” Harris told the Times West Virginian back in December.

Why Kentucky is considering him:

The 2015 recruiting class is very heavy on the big men and pretty light on the guard play, so UK could use another option for its backcourt. Malik Newman is the primary target in that class, but it wouldn’t hurt to throw a veteran Eron Harris in the mix, too.

I would say he’d make a good practice player next season but practices are already stacked.

Another video to take up space:

He can dunk!

Don’t kick his teammate.

If you do, this will happen:

Sooooo sign him up?

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

16 Comments for Who is Eron Harris?



  1. Gman
    8:06 pm May 8, 2014 Permalink

    That Elbow made me really reallllllly want to see this kid in UK Blue.



    • Drew Franklin
      8:07 pm May 8, 2014 Permalink

      To be fair, that guy had just kicked his teammate on the previous play.



    • egghhhh
      9:24 pm May 8, 2014 Permalink

      yikes! that’s not a good look. Hitting someone in play because his team mate got kicked. I don’t even see the “kick” that supposedly triggered this. I just saw a guy clobber some kid trying to layup.



  2. Shiela
    8:34 pm May 8, 2014 Permalink

    Coach Cal has a poor track record at getting the best transfer players. He hasn’t signed a single elite transfer since he arrived as coach. What makes us think he can get this guy???



    • RUPPS_rhetoric
      9:53 am May 9, 2014 Permalink

      Ummmm….. yeah….. Because we’ve really needed elite transfers. Julius Mays was a great pick-up, elite? No, but can you imagine how bad that team would have been without Uncle Julius? We didn’t need elite transfers because Cal was busy loading his teams up with John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, Demarcus Cousins, Brandon Knight, Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb, Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gillchrist, Marquis Teague, Nerlens Noel, Willie Cauley-Stein, Alex Poythress, Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Julius Randle, James Young, Dakari Johnson, among others. So again, what’s your problem?



  3. schwing
    8:46 pm May 8, 2014 Permalink

    let him stay in the big10 where you’re allowed to punch people on defense.



    • RUPPS_rhetoric
      9:53 am May 9, 2014 Permalink

      BIG 12



  4. Billy Ray
    9:13 pm May 8, 2014 Permalink

    I bet four or five Cats get drafted to the NFL in the next couple days.



  5. Dennis Smith
    10:01 pm May 8, 2014 Permalink

    Why is he leaving WVA?



  6. mike
    10:28 pm May 8, 2014 Permalink

    Hes leaving WVA so he can get closer home, that’s why hes considering UCLA, Ok sure.



  7. Old Timer
    10:47 pm May 8, 2014 Permalink

    Don’t want him. Bush league hack job on Iowa State. I would suspend a player for the rest of the season for BS like that.



  8. chuck
    12:22 am May 9, 2014 Permalink

    Agree with you, OT. We don’t need thugs like that. That was an out and out closed-fist blow to the temple of that player.



  9. Stupidpeople
    11:37 am May 9, 2014 Permalink

    Everyone that says, oh he is a thug, obviously have never played sports. Your suppose to take up for your teammates, show that u care for each other and not goin to let other people push u guys around. People like on here saying he is a bad person or a “thug” just make me sick cause not only is it a stereotype, but you are already judging someone over one lil video. Feels like I’m on a message board from my grandparents church.



    • Megan
      12:05 pm May 9, 2014 Permalink

      You don’t have to play sports to understand that committing such a flagrant foul is never justified. And for you to defend retaliation and dirty play does not speak well of your character. Is that what playing sports has taught you? That’s not what it taught me.



    • Mc
      1:35 pm May 9, 2014 Permalink

      I agree there are instances where you take up for teammates. It happens all of the time, in pretty much every sport. Thinking differently is completely naïve. I didn’t see the kick to see if this was warranted or too extreme. You can have good character, and still make a play like this. I can find 100’s and 100’s of examples where “high-character” athletes have done something to retaliate for their teammates.



  10. Stupid people
    1:39 pm May 9, 2014 Permalink

    Thank you mc, someone who actually thinks outside the box and is logical