2006 prospect Paul Harris has his life and game on the right track for head coach Dan Bazzani of Niagara Falls (NY) High School. Having not played since the seventh grade, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound combo guard is making up for lost time and the high majors are taking notice.
“He hasn’t played since seventh grade,” said Coach Bazzani. “This is his first time being coached. He had some grade and personal problems, but now has turned his life around. The teachers and everyone else around here love him.”
Connecticut, Marquette, and Notre Dame are three schools in particular that have been calling about Harris, who is averaging 19 points and 8 rebounds per game for his 18-2 team. Syracuse is also showing interest.
“We just got finished playing in the Prime Time Shootout, and when we got back, we have been receiving calls ever since,” said Coach Bazzani. “Everybody has been calling, in particular UConn, Marquette, and Notre Dame.”
Harris is only eligible at Niagara Falls through the 2005 season. He will prep somewhere for his final year of high school basketball.
On the court he possesses a dangerous combination of size, athleticism, and body control for a guard.
“He has tremendous body control,” said Coach Bazzani. “He is quick and strong to the basket. Right now he is just scratching the surface of his ability. His jumper has gotten better, but his strength is getting to the basket.”
Coach Bazzani also commented that Harris is a willing defender but does need improvement in that area due to his lack of game experience.
“He competes really hard, but he does need to get better defensively, mainly because of a lack of playing time. But he will get better. He is a hard worker.”