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HEADER PAUL HARRIS Shooting Guard/Small Forward Syracuse University Orange #11 6:04.7-228 Niagara Falls, New York Notre Dame Prep Niagara Falls High School
OVERVIEW Harris is a versatile performer who might be a bit undersized to play the three-forward spot, but several NBA scouts feel that his physical style of play and impressive strength could see him become a valuable asset off the bench. Many of those experts felt that he could have used another year of college to adjust to playing in the backcourt, but his ability to defend at three different positions (small forward/power forward/shooting guard) should earn him considerable minutes.
An outstanding rebounder despite giving up considerable inches to opposing frontcourt types, Harris was one of just 16 players in school history to score more than 1,000 points and secure more than 800 rebounds in a career. He became the 50th player in Syracuse annals to reach that 1,000-point plateau, ranking 34th on the career record list with 1,253 points.
Harris' 413 free throws made placed him seventh in school annals. His 28 double-double performances rank ninth in school history and he ranks fourth in that category among the Big East Conference's active players. He also became the 14th Orange player to record more than 800 rebounds (14th at 832) for Syracuse.
At Niagara Falls High School, Harris played on the 2005 New York State Class AA title team and was named MVP of the tournament, in addition to gaining first-team All-State honors. Niagara Falls was 28-1 overall and ranked third nationally by USA Today, as he averaged 19.7 points, 12.6 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game as a senior.
Harris was named the Buffalo News Player of the Year in each of his final two seasons. USA Today named him one of the nation's top 11 juniors, as he earned All-State second-team honors. As a sophomore, he helped Niagara Falls to a 24-3 record and a runner-up finish in the state playoffs, averaging 18.0 points, 13.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists that season. He totaled 1,100 points, 730 rebounds, 286 assists and 115 steals in his two years as a starter.
In summer league action, Harris was named the Underclass MVP at the 2004 Adidas Superstar Camp. He scored 24 points to lead the West to a 110-77 victory vs. the East in the 2005 Niagara PAL/ACE Showcase game in April. He was named MVP of the ABCD Camp All-Star Game that year. The following off-season, he had 16 points for the Black Jerseys in the 2006 Jordan All-American Classic.
Harris was a member of the USA Basketball Youth Development Festival squad that captured the gold medal at the 2005 International Sports Invitational. He led the seven-team field in rebounding average (9.0) and ranked fifth in scoring average (16.8). He also competed on the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Select Team in 2006 at the Nike Hoop Summit, where he was a teammate of Texas All-American Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City).
Prior to enrolling at Syracuse, Harris attended Notre Dame Prep (Mass.), where he was second-team pick on the 2006 All-USA squad selected by USA Today. Scouthoops.com rated Harris 10th overall and fourth among small forwards in the 2006 recruiting class and he was rated 12th overall and fourth on the small forwards list according to Rivals.com.
Harries earned Big East Conference All-Rookie Team honors at Syracuse in 2005-06. He had the highest rebounding average by a freshman in the league (7.1 rpg), a mark that ranked sixth among SU freshmen in school history. He led the team with seven double-doubles and played in all 35 games, averaging 8.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.
As a sophomore, Harris almost doubled his scoring average from his rookie year, jumping from 8.6 to 14.5 points per game. He was named second-team All-Big East Conference, as he posted 12 double-doubles in 35 appearances, scoring in double figures 30 times. His 173 made free throws ranked seventh on SU's single-season ledger, as he averaged 8.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game.
Harris started 36 of 37 games at small forward in 2008-09. He missed the South Florida clash with a ring finger injury, but went on to shoot 49.4 percent from the field. He averaged 12.0 points and 8.1 rebounds per game while handing out 80 assists (2.2 apg) while coming up with 38 steals.
2008-09 SEASON Harris started 36 of 37 games at small forward, sitting out the South Florida clash after he injured the ring finger on his shooting hand...Recorded 445 points (12.0 ppg) on 49.4 percent shooting from the field (154 of 312), 22.7 percent from three-point range (10 of 44) and 75.6 percent from the foul line (127 of 168)...Pulled down a career-high 298 rebounds (8.1 rpg), adding 80 assists (2.2 apg), 38 steals (1.0 spg) and 26 blocked shots (0.7 bpg)...Charged with 78 turnovers and 71 personal fouls (including one disqualification)...Scored in double figures 21 times, but failed to reach that total in any of his final six contests...Posted 11 games with at least 10 rebounds, including a career-high 22 boards vs. Connecticut in the Big East Tournament...Produced nine double-double performances.
2007-08 SEASON Harris almost doubled his scoring average from his rookie year, jumping from 8.6 to 14.5 points per game (506 total), as the second-team All-Big East Conference selection posted 12 double-doubles in 35 appearances... Named the Big East Player of the Week once (Dec. 31) and made the honor roll twice (Feb. 4, Feb. 18)...Was a double-digit scorer in 30 of 35 contests...Connected on 161 of 343 field goals (46.9 percent), 11 of 34 three-pointers (32.4 percent) and shot 73.0 percent from the foul line, as his 173 made free throws (on 237 attempts) ranked seventh on SU's single-season ledger...Registered 286 rebounds (8.2 rpg), as he handed out 117 assists (3.3 apg) and blocked 28 shots (0.8 bpg) to go with 59 steals (1.7 spg)...However, he ranked eighth in the nation with 117 turnovers (3.34 tpg) and had a career-high 90 personal fouls.
2006-07 SEASON Big East Conference All-Rookie Team selection...Played in 35 games, starting just once, but he led the team with seven double-double performances and had the highest rebounding average by a freshman in the Big East Conference (7.1 rpg, 248 total), as that mark ranked sixth among SU freshmen in school history...Scored 302 points (8.6 ppg), as he shot 43.3 percent from the field (94 of 217), but made just 1 of 20 three-point attempts and connected on only 68.1 percent of his free throws (113 of 168)...Added 57 assists (1.6 apg), 28 steals (0.8 spg) and 21 blocked shots (0.6 bpg).
CAREER NOTES Harris started 72 of 107 games at Syracuse, scoring 1,253 points (38th in school history, 50th to reach 1,000 points), averaging 11.7 points per game, as he connected on 409 of 872 field goals (46.9 percent) and 22 of 98 three-point attempts (22.4 percent)...Shot 72.3 percent from the foul line, as his 413 free throws made (571 attempts) rank seventh in school history...Became the 16th player in school history to reach 1,000 points and 800 rebounds in a career...Had 832 rebounds (7.8 rpg), as he handed out 254 assists (2.4 apg), had 125 steals (1.2 spg) and 75 blocked shots (0.7 bpg)...Charged with 261 turnovers (2.4 tpg) and 229 personal fouls (2.1 fpg) that included two game disqualifications...Registered 28 double-double performances, ranking ninth in school history and fourth among active Big East Conference players...Harris' 22 rebounds vs. Connecticut in the 2009 Big East Conference Tournament rank ninth in school history and were the most by a player in a game since Derrick Coleman had 23 vs. Villanova in 1990.
HIGH SCHOOL Attended Niagara Falls (N.Y.) High School, playing basketball for head coach Dan Bazzanni, the 2005 USA Today High School Coach of the Year...Played on the 2005 New York State Class AA title team and was named MVP of the tournament, in addition to gaining first-team All-State honors...Niagara Falls was 28-1 overall and ranked third nationally by USA Today, as he averaged 19.7 points, 12.6 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game as a senior...Named the Buffalo News Player of the Year in each of his final two seasons. USA Today named him one of the nation's top 11 juniors, as he earned All-State second-team honors...As a sophomore, he helped Niagara Falls to a 24-3 record and a runner-up finish in the state playoffs, averaging 18.0 points, 13.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists that season...Totaled 1,100 points, 730 rebounds, 286 assists and 115 steals in his two years as a starter.
PREP SCHOOL: Attended Notre Dame Prep (Mass.)...Harris had 31 points in a matchup with Northfield Mount Herman and contributed 26 points and 14 rebounds vs. Blair Academy...Tallied 25 points vs. Winchendon School...Second-team pick on the 2006 All-USA squad selected by USA Today...Scouthoops.com rated Harris 10th overall and fourth among small forwards in the 2006 recruiting class...Rated 12th overall and fourth on the small forwards list according to Rivals.com...Collegehoopsnet.com had Harris ranked seventh overall.
INJURY REPORT 2008-09 Season: Sat out the South Florida game (1/02) after injuring the ring finger on his shooting hand. Harris put himself through all the pre-game paces at the Sun Dome prior to the game, but ultimately the ring finger on his shooting hand too prohibitively painful to play.
OTHER TOURNAMENTS/TEAMS USA BASKETBALL 2006 Summer: Harris was selected to play for the 2006 USA Basketball Men's Junior National Select Team that competed in the Nike Hoop Summit...The club was coached by former Syracuse performer and Lake Clifton High School (Md.) coach Herman Harried... The team included highly-touted Texas recruit Kevin Durant...The U.S. team defeated the World entry, 109-91...Harris had six points, seven rebounds and six assists.
2005 Summer: Was a member of the USA Basketball Youth Development Festival squad that captured the gold medal at the 2005 International Sports Invitational...Led the seven-team field in rebounding average (9.0) and ranked fifth in scoring average (16.8)...Ranked first in rebound average, tied for first in assists average (3.6) and second in scoring average on his team...Was coached by Eisenhower High School (Wash.) head coach Pat Fitterer...Had eight points, eight rebounds and four assists when the U.S. "White" squad defeated China, 112-59...Contributed a game-high 23 points and 11 rebounds in 20 minutes of play to help his squad past Canada, 105-69...Posted 13 points, six rebounds and four assists when the USA White defeated the USA Red, 103-83...Produced his second double-double of the invitational vs. Russia when he accumulated 12 points and 14 rebounds in a 105-86 victory...The USA White defeated USA Blue, 107-85, in the gold-medal contest, as Harris had 28 points, six rebounds and four assists.
SUMMER LEAGUE In summer league action, Harris was named the Underclass MVP at the 2004 Adidas Superstar Camp...Scored 24 points to lead the West to a 110-77 victory vs. the East in the 2005 Niagara PAL/ACE Showcase game in April...Named MVP of the ABCD Camp All-Star Game that year...The following off-season, he had 16 points for the Black Jerseys in the 2006 Jordan All-American Classic.
PERSONAL Communication and Rhetorical Studies...Son of Ema McCall and Paul Harris, Sr. ...Born 10/15/86...Resides in Niagara Falls, New York.
SCOUTING REPORT Positives: Harris is a three-forward trapped in a two-guard's body and has no mid-range or perimeter game, limiting his scoring opportunities to his action around the basket. But he is a physical defensive presence who could be a nice fit off the bench due to his versatility, as he has the power to take on power forwards, the rebounding ability to beat small forwards to the glass and adequate ball handling and passing skills (2.4 assists per game), along with prep experience to earn a few minutes at the point...What he lacks in size, he makes up for in sheer power...Has an impressive chiseled frame with a large wingspan (6'10") and a non-stop motor on the defensive end...With his wingspan, long limbs and lateral agility, he stays low in his stance to keep in front of shooters and times his leaps well to contest shots (75 blocks in 107 games)...He is also very disruptive getting into the passing lanes (125 steals)...Very physical in pressure defense and does a fine job of locking down the shooter in one-on-one confrontations...Needs to drastically upgrade his accuracy from mid-range, but uses his strength well to draw contact and has a good drive to the basket...Best as a scorer coming off the dribble or spotting up, but will get into a rut where he will rush his shot...Has the impressive speed to get out in front on fast breaks or push the ball up the court after the defensive rebound (needs to play with a tighter handle, as he does have 261 turnovers in 107 games)...Can finish with either hand working around the basket and keeps his dribble low, showing efficient ball handling ability for a forward...Times his leaps well and has a bit of Adrian Dantley in him when he combats bigger forwards for the rebound, averaging 7.8 boards per game during his career, an outstanding total for a player under 6-5...One of the better small forwards when it comes to rebounding, using his reach and elevation to get up and over the opponent to grab the ball...Shows a good scoring touch under the basket and is very comfortable attacking the rim with a resounding dunk...Generates a good drive to the basket, muscling his way through the crowd to pull up, set his feet and execute a nice lay-up...Uses his elevation well, along with his strength to finish the transition plays with a forceful jam...Stays low in his stance and keeps his hands active in pressure defense, doing a very good job of altering shots or taking his man off the dribble...Gets good position to force his opponent out of the passing lanes...Has good court vision to handle defensive rotations and shows the foot speed to stay with the smaller guards...When facing off vs. the slower forwards, he uses an explosive first step to separate and slash to the basket...Is all over the offensive boards in attempts to execute the put-backs or get the rebound (262 of 832 rebounds came from the offensive glass)...With his elevation and glide to the basket, he is very effective at drawing contact...Even though his scoring was down as a junior (was not the go-to scoring option with Jon Flynn in charge), he did a much better job of setting his feet before shooting, improving his scoring consistency working inside...Has an excellent work ethic and off-field character...With his foot speed, he is a viable scoring option to finish in transition or play in the open court.
Negatives: Greatly undersized for a wing and is woeful shooting from the perimeter with marginal accuracy from mid-range (lacks a consistent jump shot) - liabilities that are a big concern for NBA teams...Even though he is a junior, he is much older than most draft eligibles (will be 23 when the season starts)...Lacks offensive creativity with his shot and despite good lateral quickness, he lacks swift spin moves...Has the size of a shooting guard, but not the best at protecting the ball, as his high amount of turnovers are generally created when he is forced to dribble and quicker guards easily steal the ball and poke it away when he puts it on the floor...Tends to rely on his strength and athleticism too much vs. smaller opponents and a quicker guard can have some success separating from him when he over-commits on hesitation moves...Must do a better job of setting his feet and getting a higher release executing his jump shot...Decent passer, but more often than not, he will try to force his shot rather than look for a better scoring opportunity with an open teammates (freezes the offense when this happens, as he turned the ball over on an incredible 29.9 percent of his possessions).
Compares To: TONY ALLEN, Boston -- Harris' adequate ball handling skills could earn him a few minutes at the point, but his mid-range/perimeter scoring is sorely lacking (22.4 percent from three-point range). He is a well-built athlete with a strong defensive presence on the court and is one of the better rebounders in the country, especially when you look at the fact he stands only 6-4. With his athleticism and strength, Harris compensates for a lack of ideal size at small forward. He would be much more effective as a shooting guard, but his poor shooting mechanics make him a liability at that position. Like Allen and Shawn Marion, he is a terrific rebounder and perimeter defender.