Hollowell decision won’t determine Harris’ future

  • 03/22/2011 7:22 pm in

(Photo via Jamie Owens of J. Scott Sports)

His friend Jeremy Hollowell’s college recruitment appears to be headed toward its end, but Gary Harris says he’s still focused on “which school’s going to be the best place for me.”

Speaking to Inside the Hall on Monday night, the Hamilton Southeastern junior guard said he’s been impressed with the future being built in Bloomington, and he considers IU one of his “heavy hitters” right now. Still, the 6-foot-4 guard said he’s taking his time, an approach he’s been consistent in taking throughout his recruitment.

“They’re gonna have a pretty good team here pretty soon,” Harris said of Indiana. “Of course I’m gonna look at it.”

Hamilton Southeastern’s season ended with a 83-72 loss to North Central in the regional final at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Royals finished 20-4 on the season, and their only other losses to teams in Indiana were a two-point defeat against North Central in December, and a four-point loss at home to Pike on Feb. 15.

But it was also a revelatory season for Harris, who said he took on a larger leadership role within his squad.

“I kind of had to take the lead, and help players out,” Harris said. “There’s just so much more that’s asked of you.”

A two-sport star who has also started to turn heads with his play on the football field, Harris admitted he’s “not burning any bridges” when it comes to entertaining the idea of playing football beyond high school. Still, he called basketball “the sport I plan on playing in college,” and at present anyway, he seems to have plenty of options in that sport. Along with IU, Harris mentioned Louisville, Michigan State and Purdue as schools high on his radar.

Playing two sports in college, however, doesn’t seem like Harris’ first choice right now.

“It sounds good to play two sports in college, but that’d be a lot of work,” he said. “I know it’s been done, but honestly I’m not sure (if he wants to).”

Gary Harris Updates:

Harris, Irvin lead Hamilton SE past Lafayette Jefferson (February 25, 2011)
Gary Harris shines in 62-51 win over Fishers (January 5, 2011)
Harris not surprised at Indiana’s recruiting resurgence (November 22, 2010)
Indiana “very high” on Harris’ list following weekend visit (October 3, 2010)
Hamilton Southeastern’s Gary Harris: A two-sport star (August 11, 2010)
2012 Intro: Hamilton Southeastern’s Gary Harris (May 24, 2010)

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  • We are Back 2012

    Good work Zach!!!!!

  • eph521

    That’s a great pic of the kid.

    Keep thinking about it all Gary, but there’s a home for you in Bloomington.

  • Anonymous

    this would be a crazy recruiting class, i hope he comes…but if he does not what are our options?

  • We are Back 2012

    Jeremania?

  • N71

    Great timing on the article and getting at the football issue. I was worried that he’d be moving away from basketball but looks like he will stay the course. Also feel better about our chances. I would have said 50% previously but need to bump that up to 60%. It would be interesting to hear what he says after/if Jeremy Hollowell commits on Thursday. Would this increase his interest in IU, decrease, or keep it the same? If we got both Harris and Hollowell I’d have to start appologizing to all my Notre Dame friends and all the Purdue grads that work for me that we’ve created a situation that is no longer fair.

  • Keep_it_in_Indiana

    If he and Hollowell come a year after Zeller and 2 years before Lyles and Blackmon…IU will shortly be back to where we have all been dreaming these last 10 years…

    These guys could really start the new age of Indiana basketball. In the same way people think of May / Benson / etc. in the 70s and Alford / Thomas / etc. in the 80’s and Bailey / Cheney in the 90s…these guys would be the one to get us back and start the trend of putting IU basketball right where it should be…on top.

  • Anonymous

    Ot- damn Creek just tweeted He got more bad news and hes heated right now. Not sure what this is about, man I wish this kid could catch a break.

  • Anonymous

    honestly I think he is referring to relationship problems. his tweets seem to be touching on that type of stuff lately

  • cooper

    I’d be happy to keep the 4 verbals we have now and a defensive role player. We can’t call them in the bag til they sign on the dotted line. Too many verbals change their minds. I put no stock in to the 2013 or 2014 kids coming to IU. I hope they do but that is a long way off.

    His tweet saying there will be a lot of haters would tend to discount IU since he is from Indiana but who knows. It will be interesting to see.

  • Damon22

    He said his best friend’s family was murdered today. Pretty sad

  • Anonymous

    There are plenty of IU haters. I think it comes from the fact that IU has been struggling and people don’t understand why players would want to play at IU.

  • Anonymous

    I find it cool that ITH doesn’t jump the gun or promote rumors about where a recruit will be headed. Incredibly objective site….
    That being said, I’d like JH over GH. Sure, GH might be the better prospect, but the shooting guard position is already well covered with people who can play it in the near future in Buss, Victor, AE, Hulls, Sheehey. Plus, he is talented enough to be a 1 and done. Holloluijah gives us all 5 positions in the same class plus the opportunity to gel over a span of 4 years, in what I believe would be a team to have a shot at multiple national titles. Not saying they will do it, just that they have the talent to give it a run for a good 3-4 years

  • Anonymous

    You have a very reasonable, realistic attitude toward the verbal commits. Everyone knows (or should know, Bruce Weber) it’s not done until they sign.

  • Joe B

    I def. agree with you here. JH would be great because like you said it would be a balanced class across all positions. However, I still wouldn’t mind getting Harris; that would pretty much be spoiling us. It’d be like winning the lottery and having Marissa Miller propose to you all in the same week… probably the best thing ever.

  • Plane1972

    Snag the Traylor kid for 2011 and shut it down for 2012 after Hollowell commits (fingers crossed). I think that is the best option in my mind.

  • Plane1972

    Yeah, and outside of 2002, we can all just try to erase the 00s from our collective memory.

  • Anonymous

    I’d like to remember DJ White 🙂

  • Plane1972

    I’m with you there on DJ. Definitely an all-time Hoosier. There are several memorable PLAYERS from the 00s, just a disastrous TIME I’d look to put behind me.

  • MillaRed

    I put 100% stock in them until I hear otherwise.

  • MillaRed

    Harris would be gravy on top of gravy. I don’t care if he is one and done. After watching Guy, Creek, Verdell and Cwat go down it’s easy to see a team needs as much depth as possible.

  • millzy32

    A lot less IU haters out there than you think. IU is still the school that most Indiana people follow when it comes to basketball. IU is the past and the future we just haven’t mastered the present yet.

    Look at Purdue. They have the Player of the Year in the Big Ten and the Coach of the Year and can’t make the sweet sixteen against an 11 seed. Pretty sad.

  • millzy32

    DeShaun Thomas probably thought he’d be a one and done at OSU and now he is just a piece to a team that should win the National Title and he’ll most likely be back next year. Plans always change so get the best talent possible and utilize them when you have them. One and done is better than having nothing. I would actually like to see IU have a One and Done type talent player in each class going worward.

  • millzy32

    forward

  • walt

    It is very sad re: Purdue. Have they ever won a National Championship flag?

  • Anonymous

    I want Hollowell, Harris and a 2011 big man too…but realistically how can IU manage that? I know ‘there will be room’- but how? I can see one of the current players moving on early, but 2-3?

  • Plane1972

    Somewhat unrelated, but if ESPN sources are correct, Mike Anderson is headed back to Arkansas. I think that pretty much eliminates BJ Young from any fantasies we had for him magically reconsidering IU. I only bring it up in the bitter possibility of Hollowell going somewhere else and the chatter commences on what is next on the recruiting front. I would say BJ Young is back off the board.

  • Anonymous

    As Milla said, I don’t doubt them. Most verbal commitments are a honored in basketball (I don’t think the same is true in football).

  • Anonymous

    I think it would help recruiting if we had a one-and-done lottery pick. Wade’s already a selling point, wouldn’t hurt to have an IU example.

  • IUguy369

    N71 – “Boss of the Year” candidate! Hahaha…

  • MillaRed

    It’s the quality and background of these kids. It all makes sense.

    They are playing AAU ball together. All Indiana kids.

    It’s……..It’s…….. THE MOVEMENT!

    All doubters must submit!

  • MillaRed

    I dunno millzy, Kentucky’s Daniel Orton went in the first round last year and filled the same role as Thomas. I think the kid is gone.

    The elite teams have the one and done guys as you mentioned. We have to grab these kids and hope for the best. It’s one of the next steps IU will need to take moving forward.

    Really wish they would change the rule for a two year commitment.

  • MillaRed

    I lived in Arkansas for two years when my dad was in the Air Force. He can have Arkansas.

  • As in “Jeremy Hollowell Mania”

  • walt

    Would look great in IU uniform. Do not know if anyone else has posted on this, but IU just seems to have to be a lot better next season. Just checked the seniors leaving on the other big ten teams, and there are a lot of guys there that really put the hurt on IU this season. Some teams are losing 4 seniors that play a lot. With us maturing, it would figure that we would be a minimum of 500 in IU play. Of course CZ and AE will help a lot, but with improvement on our current team in the things all have discussed, we would be 500 in big ten play. My story and sticking to it. Go Indiana.

  • walt

    Sorry about not proofing prior to posting, meant .500 in big ten play

  • eph521

    Gravy on top of gravy. Doug Heffernan loves you Milla.

  • MillaRed

    IU needs as much gravy as it can get eph. Let’s chat tomorrow. I will give you a Holla(well)

  • oldred1976

    Gentlemen I’m going to reveal my theory at this time.Through an ancient civilization alot of curiosity has been brought up about the year 2012. Well, can it be any more plain. They were describing a new Era where I U returns to it’s rightful place in college basketball. Then those of us who have been part of ITH will take our places in a highly evolved society,where Bob Knight will be forced to live confined, in Ohio again. Dickie Eyeballs will never appear in your living room ever. No basketball coach will allowed to wear a comb over hair-do. The NCAA will only be allowed the sales from popcorn they have sold as individual(s).Last but not least the Big Ten will actually start calling over the back fouls again.
    Any further suggestions are certainly welcome, after all it’s a new civilization..

  • Anonymous

    Calipari will be taken prisoner, banned from basketball, and UK will receive the death sentence. Also, PU will be where they should be… Looking up to big brother, Indiana. Watch out, here come the Hoosiers.

  • So_Cal_Hoosier

    Agreed. Or someone even a little more recent by the name of Eric Gordon

  • IUJeff

    Agreed. Doesn’t make sense to make kids go to college for only 1 year. They could at least get an associate in 2. It should be either 2 years, none, or until they earn a college degree.

  • rgold

    How about Coach Wilson offer Harris a football scholarship? He could play BB too and wouldn’t count against the BB scholarship limit.

  • Anonymous

    Crean didn’t coach Gordon

  • Anonymous

    You’re right, I totally spaced out on that one.

  • So_Cal_Hoosier

    I know that? We were both replying to millzy32’s statement “One and done is better than having nothing. I would actually like to see IU have a One and Done type talent player in each class going worward.” You were talking just about Crean and I was talking about IU.

  • So_Cal_Hoosier

    I know that? We were both replying to millzy32’s statement “One and done is better than having nothing. I would actually like to see IU have a One and Done type talent player in each class going worward.” You were talking just about Crean and I was talking about IU.

  • Anonymous

    OK, gotcha

  • Teamarbs

    I saw Gary play against Carmel in this high school season and he was extremely hard to guard. If we get him and get rid of Capobianco and Elston, look at this roster for 2012: Watford, Creek, Hulls, Sheehey, Oladipo, Zeller, Etherington, Yogi, Patterson, Hollowell, Perea, Jurkin, and Harris. How would we not dominate?