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.
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.”
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.
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?