After a stellar season that garnered Niagara Falls (N.Y.) High School a national ranking, several of their star players are making decisions about their future colleges. Leading the way is five-star perimeter player Paul Harris who appears to be headed to Syracuse.
"I'd still say that Paul's commitment is still in a limbo stage," said Niagara Falls assistant coach Sal Constantino. "He has told me that he is going to Syracuse, and it's my opinion that he will go to Syracuse. But like I have told everyone, print at your own risk. He has not officially committed yet. I am under the assumption that he will make it official in Las Vegas."
Harris and two of his high school teammates Johnny Flynn and Robert Garrison will be playing in the adidas Super 64 event over the next several days.
Harris has told local media that Flynn, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound 2007 point guard prospect, will play with Harris at Syracuse. Although this very well may be the case, Flynn has scheduled a 1 PM press conference on August 2 at Niagara Falls High School to announce an official commitment.
"We've heard from Paul, but still haven't heard from Johnny," said Constantino. "He was on the road when Paul last spoke to the media. Paul got a little excited and ahead of himself, and Johnny did not even have time to sit down and talk to his dad."
Syracuse is the only high-major program to have offered Flynn, but Virginia and Georgia have been showing significant interest lately.
"Now that that announcement came out, it will be interesting to see what Virginia and Georgia due," said Constantino. "I'm not saying that Johnny is not going to Syracuse, but we need to wait and see what he makes official at his press conference."
Garrison, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound combo guard, was planning to prep for a year in hopes of earning a high-major scholarship. Now it looks like Garrison played so well during the spring evaluation period with the GC Ballers that he will be playing high-major basketball this fall. Garrison has a press conference scheduled for 1 PM on August 3 at Niagara Falls High School where he is planning to sign a letter of intent.
"Robert recently got offers from Umass and Connecticut," said Constantino. "He also has the mid-major offers he has had for a while. He really blew up recently, having a great spring on the AAU circuit and finishing the year strong for us.
"He wanted to go to prep school to get a high-major opportunity, and now he has one with Connecticut. That is going to be difficult for him to turn down."
High majors have shied away from Garrison, who is a crafty ball handler and strong shooter, because of his lack of athleticism.
"His lack of athleticism has been the question," said Constantino. "But he went against some of the best players out there this spring and proved he can play. Robert has a way of turning a negative into a hunger. I think Umass and Connecticut saw this in him and want him to play for them this fall."