2012 Intro: Hamilton Southeastern’s Gary Harris

  • 05/24/2010 10:03 pm in

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s a slow news time, so I figured I’d switch things up and begin profiling some of the 2012 recruits on Indiana’s radar. We’ll kick it off with Hamilton Southeastern guard Gary Harris, who might be the best prospect in the state in this loaded class.

The Essentials: 6-4, 195 lbs guard for Hamilton Southeastern and D3 Heat

The Schools: Butler, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, IUPUI, Miami (FL), Minnesota, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Vanderbilt, Xavier have all offered scholarships. Florida, Louisville, Marquette, Michigan, Michigan State, Oregon State and West Virginia have shown interest.

The Numbers: 14 points and five rebounds as a sophomore for Hamilton Southeastern, which finished 17-4.

The Scout Says: “Harris is more athletic than we’ve given credit for and he looked flat out explosive soaring for rebounds and dunks in the open court. He showed the full scoring package on Sunday, scoring off deep jumpers, mid-range pull-ups for drives to the rim.” – Scout.com analyst Evan Daniels on Harris’ play at the adidas May Classic.

The Highlights (courtesy of UMHoops.com):

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  • hoosierfan2

    Gary Harris is legit, but I'd put him slightly behind DSR and Patterson on IU's guard wish list for 2012. The 2012 class is just so deep, there's no way IU can sign all the top prospects. On the flips side of that that should mean that IU should atleast land some big talent even if they whiff in a few.

  • g bo

    wasn’t Harris but how about the pistol pete pass right around the 32 second mark…got two guys to look like fools

  • CreamandCrimson

    Kelin, I would have to agree with you. DSR is going to be a very solid college player and I would love to have him on board. He is a very strong, physical guard that I could see developing into a real pest on defense. However, Gary Harris and Ron Patterson are just as athletic (probably a little more) and are taller and longer.

    I think playing under Basil Mawbey at Broad Ripple is going to make Patterson a much better player. I hope we can take two of these guys and I would rank them Patterson, Harris and then DSR. Obviously, you want all three but we might have a chance to be selective for the first time in a while once 2012 rolls around. Just one thing that is a must for me, we have to save room for Parea!

  • Bucky

    I’m hoping for 12 walk-ons who pay their own way, and we’ll field a team of 24 players.

  • bahickma

    You gotta hand it to UMHoops.com, they always have good recruit videos.

  • Kelin Blab

    hoosierfan2….out of those three, if you want a game/program changer it's Harrison/Patterson then DSR. Harris will be college ready by the end of next season and Patterson is right there with them. They are long, athletic, big and a lot more potential.

  • eph521

    Indeed… I mean, where do I get the soundtrack from his video?

  • marcusgresham

    Hard to judge from this. I didnt' see much competition and he seemed to get the ball knocked away a few times when he drove the lane. Sure he's great, but I wouldn't hang by a thread because of anything I saw here.

  • OhioHoosier

    I had the same thought. I think iIt's “Speed of Sound” by Mike Posner

  • Indeed it is. Solid.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    On the contrary, I thought he seemed solid with the ball, and finished strong with contact (e.g. the and-one in the first 20 seconds ). Even when he got stripped (towards the very end of the video), he had the presence of mind to tap the ball out to the kid on the wing. I thought he evidenced good court vision. If he worked on it, I don't see why he couldn't be have some ballhandling responsibilities at the next level.

    Although it is somewhat of a highlight reel–although it does show misses–so there might have been unincluded moments in which he dribbled the ball off his foot or made terrible passes… still, the kid has 2+ years to bulk up and improve. I like his game.

    I'm not going to hold my breath until 2012, and I won't cry myself to sleep if he doesn't choose IU b/c the class is loaded, but I'd certainly love to see him suit up

  • millzy32

    This video shows me an ok High School AAU player. Not too excited seeing this video. No real need to set it to music. I hope he either improves a bunch or we are so good then that we just add him for kicks.

  • millzy32

    If you see this much from this video which reminds me of any average HS player from Indiana circa just about any year then maybe we need you as our recruiting coordinator. I saw nothing impressive. Barely got high enough to dunk one handed, missed several good looks, and made a layup on an alley oop that any kentucky recruit would have reverse slammed.

    Judgement out on this guy. Hope he is just a filler on a team that is already solid by that time.

    Coach up the kids you got Crean no quick fix with this guy

  • FWHoosier

    I agree marcus. This video was unimpressive. Besides good floor awareness, he didn't show me much in this game. He didn't hit a single three ball (though he has decent form) and he failed to finish in the lane. Athleticism wasn't really on display here either. I won't judge the kid on a few clips from one game though. He has good physical attributes and decent handle. It sounds like his May Classic performance was solid.

  • FWHoosier

    I stand corrected. He did knock down a couple of threes from the top. I guess I should have watched it again before commenting but I think my first impression still holds true otherwise.

  • marcusgresham

    Yeah, I'm by no means wanting to destroy him and dismiss him by this short clip, but I wasn't initially wowed. He does have 2 years to grow/work on his game, and we've seen plenty of guys blossom in the last two years of HS so I'm glad the staff has their collective eyes on him. I just thought the whole crew on the floor looked fairly pedestrian as far as game speed was concerned.

  • JerryCT

    I am never sure what to make of any clips so I just ignore them. Example: Watford's popular clip showed him hitting tons of 3's from the far corner ……… perhaps for the last time.

    The only recent clips that meant anything to me were :

    1) VO's putback over a 6'10″ kid in the DC Classic
    2) A Thomas's IU love fest interview

  • marcusgresham

    Can IU get in on these two guys?


  • IUfanPurduePhD

    “Because Freedman spent eight years as an assistant under John Calipari in college and the pros – “He was my mentor, my coaching idol,” Freedman says – some assume Kentucky has the inside track. Freedman just laughs.”

    … Both kids are going to verbal to Washington and then Cal will call them afterward and give them a guilt trip and get them to sign LOIs to UK…

  • JerryCT

    I hear their basketball skills are “sikh” ………. ( kind of a pun – jab at their Amristar background )

  • BaseballBuc

    I'd compare him to Rajon Rondo.

  • g_bo

    flash of pistol pete at the 30 sec mark

  • Stonaroni

    Harris looks pretty tough. There is something about his movements that have a little J. crawford flair.

    This isn't the place per say to post this strand but the last posting about recruiting was getting long.

    I feel this scholly situation is CTC's issue and shouldn't involve AE holding off to help others sign first and then he signs next summer.

    CTC has created this, he fixes it. IU cannot ask AE, the only lock in 2011 to keep from signing in November. He has been there for IU the whole time and he deserves it.

    What many I think are overlooking is a verbal is not a concrete scholarship for AE. He is in a “contract” when he signs his official letter of intent.

    If AE holds off signing to relief the scholly crunch and he gets hurt in January, he has no guarantees that IU signs him. Some hayseed from nowhereville could undercut AE on a dunk next year that tears up his knee and then he is SOL. Before people say, “IU would not do that to a kid”, well CTC is going to have a scholly mess on his hands. Whether it is to a new recruit or 3 year player at IU, CTC has to cut bait somewhere. Who is to say AE isn't the fall guy?

    Who do we want to be loyal to? TP who seems to be getting progressively worse, or AE who is in our corner and trying to help land Indiana recruits? I pick the future and restructure the team every year.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Never said this kid was a 5-star recruit or anything, I was simply providing a reasonable counterpoint to marcus. All of my compliments about his game were reserved and I even offered caveats.

  • Kelin Blab

    Basil has paid off for that program big time and patterson. I remember in an interview Patterson said Basil taught him how to play defense and run plays, instead of just using his athleticism.They won their first city title in awhile…..

  • Uncle Joey

    I'd say that's quite a stretch.

  • marcusgresham

    You'll “curry” no favors with-Indus post if you make jokes like that.

  • marcusgresham

    So you're saying Tubby Smith would get nothing out of this guy?

  • Hoosiers4Huskers

    He definitely played on my team in 3rd grade.