Anybody paying attention to basketball in the Midwest has noticed the explosion of commitments from non-seniors, especially in Indiana. Early on, many thought Gary Harris would be among those.
However, to this point, the 6-foot-4 junior shooting guard at Fishers (Ind.) Hamilton has shown no indications that he'll be deciding sooner than later.
Harris has watched several of his friends make early decisions, but as of yet he hasn't been tempted enough by one school to pick them. But he has felt some pressure.
"They just do a great job of recruiting in state early," said Harris of programs targeting Indiana talent young. "Coach Painter and Crean and these guys, I mean, they are getting on kids early and them getting on them early causes some pressure."
Yet there's never been enough pressure or temptation for Harris to commit like several of his hoops contemporaries have. Although, schools like Indiana, Illinois, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Louisville, Michigan, Tennessee, Purdue and others would love to see him fall in line.
"They felt like they were ready to make their decision," Harris says of the locals who ended their recruitments early. "I'm just taking it slow and making sure I make the right decision at the end."
Perhaps he's taking it slow on the recruiting front, but Harris isn't taking it slow with improving his game. Already a highly regarded four-star prospect, the nation's 24th ranked player in 2012 feels like he is improving.
"I feel like my overall game has really improved.," Harris told Rivals.com. "My shooting, my ball-handling and my overall awareness are all better. I'm still working on my shooting and my ball-handling."
Running with D3/Dorian's Pride this summer, Harris should be a fixture on the national circuit and will get his first real exposure to many outside of the Midwest. It's something that Harris is looking forward to and he's going to digest as much information as he can before nearing a decision.
""I'm just taking it slow still," Harris said. "Everything's still open. I have trimmed down any lists or anything. All the schools are still in it right now."