It doesn't take long for a kid's recruitment to blow up. Especially, when it's a case like that of Fishers (Ind.) Hamilton Southeastern guard Gary Harris who is better than his growing reputation has given him credit for being.
An athletic six-foot-four combo guard, Harris has taken the midwest by storm and is emerging as one of the premier guard prospects nationally in the class of 2012.
"It's all happened so fast," Harris told Rivals.com. "I remember when after games we didn't have anybody want to talk to us, now it's amazing because there are a lot of people who want to talk to us. I like it a lot."
More natural off of the ball where he's a slashing driver off the bounce, Harris does a lot more than just out-jump and out-quick opponents. He's developed his handle enough to play some at the point, has range to the three point line and is a willing passer.
But, he knows what has caught coaches eyes the most.
"I think it's my athleticism and how I use it on the court," said Harris. "My jumper has come around and I've got an all-around game too. I think I'm a combo guard who can be used in different situations. Whatever you need, I think I can do it."
While he's always been talented, Harris credits his rapid improvement to paying more attention the mental side of the game.
"I think a lot has to do with me getting more knowledge of the game," Harris said when asked why his game had taken off. "Last year I wouldn't have been making a lot of these decisions and didn't have the understanding of the game to play like this."
When the rankings for the class of 2012 are re-shuffled, Harris figures to find himself in the mix and he certainly feels like he belongs.
"I always feel like I'm the best player on the court so of course I feel like I can play with the nationally ranked players," said Harris. "That's just my mentality."
Having already drawn scholarship offers from the likes of Xavier, IUPUI, Illinois, Vanderbilt, Minnesota, Ohio State, Butler, Indiana, Cincinnati and Notre Dame, Harris is obviously passing the test with college coaches. He's also hearing from the likes of Florida, Michigan State, Michigan, Washington and others but says that he's got a long time to go before making any type of college decision and is open to anybody who would like to recruit him.
"I'm just happy and thankful for all of the schools that are looking at me now," said Harris. "I'd love to hear from anybody but there's not like one school that I want to hear from the most."