NBA Top 100 Camp Q & A: Gary Harris

  • 06/17/2011 8:14 am in

The NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp got into full swing on Thursday at the University of Virginia and four of Indiana’s class of 2012 commitments — Hanner Perea, Jeremy Hollowell, Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell and Ron Patterson — are participating. Hamilton Southeastern’s Gary Harris and Brewster Academy’s Mitch McGary are also in attendance.

Greg Rosenstein, former men’s basketball beat writer for The Indiana Daily Student and currently of USA Today, had a chance to catch up with all six prospects in a set of interviews that will appear on Inside the Hall.

Rosenstein’s talk with Harris, who is averaging 12.5 points through two games at the camp, continues the series:

What about Indiana interests you?

It’s close to home and I’m close with some of the players that committed there. I’d know who I will play with if I went down there. Coach Crean has done a great job recruiting me.

Will the scholarship numbers affect your decision?

The coaches said it’s not a problem, so I just got to take their word and realize that there is still going to be room for me if I go there.

Where are you overall in the recruiting process?

I don’t have any set dates on when I want to make my decision. I’m going to take some visits when all this summer stuff is not going on. Then I’ll just take time and figure out what I’m going to do.

What schools have been pursuing you the hardest recently?

Indiana, Michigan State, Louisville, Purdue and Michigan have been recruiting me the hardest.

Have any new schools been recruiting you as of late?

It’s basically the same schools. I e-mailed with Coach Orlando Antigua from Kentucky and they want me to come up for a visit in August.

What type of improvements are you hoping to make in the next few months?

I want to improve my overall game. All assets of my game I want to improve on: my ball handling, shooting, passing and just being a complete player.

How has the camp been so far for you?

It’s been good. I’ve learned a lot, this is a great camp. They’re teaching us about stuff off the court and on the court.

(Photo credit: Jamie Owens of J. Scott Sports)

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  • RobD

    If this guy gets a Duke offer, he’s going to Duke. Just saying.

  • RobD

    If this guy gets a Duke offer, he’s going to Duke. Just saying.

  • Anonymous

    Pretty important point right here:

    Q: Will the scholarship numbers affect your decision?

    A: The coaches said it’s not a problem, so I just got to take their
    word and realize that there is still going to be room for me if I go
    there.

  • Tom Simpson

    Magic 8-ball?

  • Tom Simpson

    Magic 8-ball?

  • Tom Simpson

    Magic 8-ball?

  • Tom Simpson

    Magic 8-ball?

  • Kelin Blab

    I am feeling more optimistic about Gary as well. I think we are in good shape. I have to admit if Crean gets him to IU, I would be somewhat stunned because it seems the guys in state he wants he seems to get …ALL of them. Yes he lost out on Irving, Young, Selby….but the one’s he has gone after hard he seems to be landing.

  • Kelin Blab

    I am feeling more optimistic about Gary as well. I think we are in good shape. I have to admit if Crean gets him to IU, I would be somewhat stunned because it seems the guys in state he wants he seems to get …ALL of them. Yes he lost out on Irving, Young, Selby….but the one’s he has gone after hard he seems to be landing.

  • Kelin Blab

    I am feeling more optimistic about Gary as well. I think we are in good shape. I have to admit if Crean gets him to IU, I would be somewhat stunned because it seems the guys in state he wants he seems to get …ALL of them. Yes he lost out on Irving, Young, Selby….but the one’s he has gone after hard he seems to be landing.

  • jgongora86

    I think that the ship has sailed with Mitch McGary.  IU has not really made any significant contact with him in the past two months.  It could be because they feel really confident about Gary Harris. 

  • jgongora86

    I think that the ship has sailed with Mitch McGary.  IU has not really made any significant contact with him in the past two months.  It could be because they feel really confident about Gary Harris. 

  • jgongora86

    I think that the ship has sailed with Mitch McGary.  IU has not really made any significant contact with him in the past two months.  It could be because they feel really confident about Gary Harris. 

  • Anonymous

    I thought that the other day.  He just has that Duke thing about him.  Who really knows though.  I guess in the past he has acted like going away (out of state) was attractive to him.  I do imagine that a couple of the vultures (Duke, UNC, UK, or Kansas) will be calling before long.

  • Anonymous

    I thought that the other day.  He just has that Duke thing about him.  Who really knows though.  I guess in the past he has acted like going away (out of state) was attractive to him.  I do imagine that a couple of the vultures (Duke, UNC, UK, or Kansas) will be calling before long.

  • HoosierNshaker

    Where is everyone getting Duke from?  They haven’t even been in the recruiting picture and he has never mentioned them.  “Duke thing about him” or “Duke offer” is pure speculation.  Sounds to me like he is very comfortable with Indiana and is “close to some of the players” committed here.  He said Tom Crean is doing a great job of recruiting him not Coach K folks.

  • I think if Gary chooses to go elsewhere and somehow McGary is still on the board, I would think Crean would get back after him hard. 

  • I think if Gary chooses to go elsewhere and somehow McGary is still on the board, I would think Crean would get back after him hard. 

  • I think if Gary chooses to go elsewhere and somehow McGary is still on the board, I would think Crean would get back after him hard. 

  • Anonymous

    Completely agree.

    Firstly, Duke wasn’t anything before coach K.  IU is a true blueblood.

    Not to say Duke, UNC or Kansas are not enticing but what is IU then?  IU is in the same ball park as all those schools and the success will be right in line with that class coming in.

    It sounds like IU has a great shot.  I don’t think he is itching to go out of state or far from home.

    Trust me, as good as he is they would already be in the mix if he was wanting that opportunity.

    He is an Indiana kid as much as anything.  Hopefully we get him.

  • Anonymous

    Completely agree.

    Firstly, Duke wasn’t anything before coach K.  IU is a true blueblood.

    Not to say Duke, UNC or Kansas are not enticing but what is IU then?  IU is in the same ball park as all those schools and the success will be right in line with that class coming in.

    It sounds like IU has a great shot.  I don’t think he is itching to go out of state or far from home.

    Trust me, as good as he is they would already be in the mix if he was wanting that opportunity.

    He is an Indiana kid as much as anything.  Hopefully we get him.

  • Anonymous

    Completely agree.

    Firstly, Duke wasn’t anything before coach K.  IU is a true blueblood.

    Not to say Duke, UNC or Kansas are not enticing but what is IU then?  IU is in the same ball park as all those schools and the success will be right in line with that class coming in.

    It sounds like IU has a great shot.  I don’t think he is itching to go out of state or far from home.

    Trust me, as good as he is they would already be in the mix if he was wanting that opportunity.

    He is an Indiana kid as much as anything.  Hopefully we get him.

  • and harris knows that we take another step forward with him.  He would love to be part of that team that brings IU back to final four or better….

  • and harris knows that we take another step forward with him.  He would love to be part of that team that brings IU back to final four or better….

  • HoosierNshaker

    Could not agree more.  That was my next point, doesn’t seem like he’s itching to go far from home.  Many great athletes would like to have their parents and grandparents be able to attend every game.  Your true blueblood comment is spot on, while our banners may have a little more dust on them I still believe we are one up.  IU 5 > Duke 4

  • HoosierNshaker

    Could not agree more.  That was my next point, doesn’t seem like he’s itching to go far from home.  Many great athletes would like to have their parents and grandparents be able to attend every game.  Your true blueblood comment is spot on, while our banners may have a little more dust on them I still believe we are one up.  IU 5 > Duke 4

  • Anonymous

    I have a hard time understanding the coaches saying that it wouldn’t be a problem.  Is that saying that they are putting all their eggs in one basket and not going to go after comparable talent that they could lose out on if he doesn’t commit?  If someone else is comparable in talent and/or need and could be a great addition and would accept the scholly right away then I would be more on board with that.

  • Anonymous

    I have a hard time understanding the coaches saying that it wouldn’t be a problem.  Is that saying that they are putting all their eggs in one basket and not going to go after comparable talent that they could lose out on if he doesn’t commit?  If someone else is comparable in talent and/or need and could be a great addition and would accept the scholly right away then I would be more on board with that.

  • Anonymous

    A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, right?  I think CTC saw an immediate need and thought that Remy could fill it this year.  I know it has been said before, but even if Harris or McGary committed today, it wouldn’t help us win a single game THIS year.  Remy has the ability to help us this year, and I think CTC knows that his window to start putting some tallies in the Win column is closing.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Remy steals quite a few minutes from other players that many might feel are ahead of him on the depth chart before the season’s end. 

    I think that CTC is putting the full-court press on Harris right now, and I think once he decides (one way or the other), other dominoes will fall.

  • Anonymous

    A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, right?  I think CTC saw an immediate need and thought that Remy could fill it this year.  I know it has been said before, but even if Harris or McGary committed today, it wouldn’t help us win a single game THIS year.  Remy has the ability to help us this year, and I think CTC knows that his window to start putting some tallies in the Win column is closing.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Remy steals quite a few minutes from other players that many might feel are ahead of him on the depth chart before the season’s end. 

    I think that CTC is putting the full-court press on Harris right now, and I think once he decides (one way or the other), other dominoes will fall.

  • Anonymous

    A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, right?  I think CTC saw an immediate need and thought that Remy could fill it this year.  I know it has been said before, but even if Harris or McGary committed today, it wouldn’t help us win a single game THIS year.  Remy has the ability to help us this year, and I think CTC knows that his window to start putting some tallies in the Win column is closing.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Remy steals quite a few minutes from other players that many might feel are ahead of him on the depth chart before the season’s end. 

    I think that CTC is putting the full-court press on Harris right now, and I think once he decides (one way or the other), other dominoes will fall.

  • Anonymous

    A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, right?  I think CTC saw an immediate need and thought that Remy could fill it this year.  I know it has been said before, but even if Harris or McGary committed today, it wouldn’t help us win a single game THIS year.  Remy has the ability to help us this year, and I think CTC knows that his window to start putting some tallies in the Win column is closing.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Remy steals quite a few minutes from other players that many might feel are ahead of him on the depth chart before the season’s end. 

    I think that CTC is putting the full-court press on Harris right now, and I think once he decides (one way or the other), other dominoes will fall.

  • Anonymous

    A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, right?  I think CTC saw an immediate need and thought that Remy could fill it this year.  I know it has been said before, but even if Harris or McGary committed today, it wouldn’t help us win a single game THIS year.  Remy has the ability to help us this year, and I think CTC knows that his window to start putting some tallies in the Win column is closing.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Remy steals quite a few minutes from other players that many might feel are ahead of him on the depth chart before the season’s end. 

    I think that CTC is putting the full-court press on Harris right now, and I think once he decides (one way or the other), other dominoes will fall.