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Both Brian Snow of Scout.com and Dave Telep of ESPN.com are reporting that Gary Harris of Hamilton Southeastern has committed to Michigan State.
Harris told Telep that the family atmosphere at Michigan State was the difference:
“Me and my family, we just decided tonight,” Harris said. “All the schools had the same thing but it came down to the school I was most comfortable with. The family atmosphere (at Michigan State) was like no other. The way they treat each other and act and get along — it’s a great feeling.”
A third source — Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star — confirmed the news with Gary Harris Sr.
“I absolutely think he did it the right way,” Harris Sr. said. “I’m really happy for him. There’s a range of emotions you go through after going through it for three-and-a-half years. It wasn’t an easy decision.”
Harris, the No. 10 player in the country according to ESPN, took official visits to Indiana, Kentucky, Purdue and Michigan State before ultimately deciding on the Spartans.
He averaged 18.6 points per game as a junior.
Harris’ decision means that Indiana’s 2012 class, ranked as high as No. 2 nationally, will remain at five players.
All five recruits — Hanner Perea, Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell, Jeremy Hollowell, Peter Jurkin and Ron Patterson — signed National Letters of Intent on Wednesday with the Hoosiers.
(Photo credit: Jamie Owens of J. Scott Sports)
Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall crew. So go ahead, get your read on.
+ Chuck Klosterman ranks the top 50 college basketball players of all-time over at Grantland and two Hoosiers make the list.
+ Gary Harris admits that he’s a little bit nervous about his upcoming decision to Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star.
+ ESPN.com updates its class of 2012 rankings and Indiana falls out of the top five following Mitch McGary’s commitment to Michigan.
+ ESPN The Magazine ranks every team in the country and the Hoosiers come in at No. 45 overall and seventh in the Big Ten.
+ The Associated Press writes that Indiana fans are anxious to see better results this season.
+ Beyond the Arc, the NBC Sports college hoops blog, delivers its Big Ten preview.
+ Avi Zaleon of The Indiana Daily Student lists his five expectations for Saturday’s exhibition against the University of Indianapolis.
Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall crew. So go ahead, get your read on. (Photo credit: Jamie Owens of J. Scott Sports)
+ Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports believes that Will Sheehey will be an all-league player before he leaves Bloomington.
+ WIBC-FM (93.1) has been named the home for IU men’s basketball in the Indianapolis area this season.
+ Gary Harris Sr. says his son, who visited Kentucky over the weekend, will make his decision this fall.
+ Indiana’s November 16 game at Evansville will tip at 7 p.m.
+ The NCAA will vote Friday on a proposal to immediately enact a baseline APR requirement of 900 to participate in postseason play.
+ Eric Gordon is participating in a Big Blue All-Stars vs. Villains exhibition game tonight at Rupp Arena in Lexington.
+ Former Illinois forward Jereme Richmond, who left after just one season in Champaign, is back in jail.
From ESPN’s Pat Forde:
Indiana has self-reported a secondary NCAA rules violation by the men’s basketball staff involving blue-chip recruit Gary Harris, according to multiple sources.
The school acknowledged to ESPN.com that coach Tom Crean committed the violation while recruiting an unnamed student-athlete in Indianapolis last week.
In a statement released Tuesday, the school said, “Coach Crean immediately reported an inadvertent recruiting contact violation to our compliance office, and we are following our normal procedures.”
The school says in its report that Crean visited the unnamed student-athlete at an Indianapolis-area high school on Thursday, Oct. 6. According to the NCAA recruiting calendar, the contact period ended Oct. 5.
Even though the program is still under probation until Nov. 24 of this year from the Kelvin Sampson era, IU’s report also notes it docked itself two days of recruiting as a self-penalty. Add this to the fact that the contact is a secondary violation, and it’s likely no further penalty will stem from this.
You can view the complete secondary violation report here.
Crean also commented on the misstep late Tuesday via his Twitter account: “We take the rules very serious and work very hard to stay compliant with them. We made a mistake. In reality there are no excuses and I am glad we realized it when we did so we didn’t repeat it that day.”
Gary Harris has set a date for his official visit to Kentucky.
Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star has confirmed an earlier report that Harris will visit Lexington on the weekend of October 22.
The 6-foot-6 shooting guard, the No. 10 overall player in the 2012 class by ESPN.com, took his first official visit last weekend to Purdue.
His official visit to Kentucky falls in between a trip to Bloomington on October 15-16 and a trip to Michigan State on November 5-6.
Harris, who is expected to sign a National Letter of Intent during the early period that runs from November 9-16, is documenting his official visits in a diary for Scout.com premium subscribers.
- Q & A: Harris reflects on AAU season, looks ahead (July 30, 2011)
- Recruitment status quo for five-star guard Harris (June 26, 2011)
- NBA Top 100 Camp Q & A: Gary Harris (June 17, 2011)
- Gary Harris discusses recruitment in radio interview (April 30, 2011)
- Harris not surprised at Indiana’s recruiting resurgence (November 22, 2010)
- Indiana “very high” on Harris’ list following weekend visit (October 3, 2010)
(Photo credit: Jamie Owens of J. Scott Sports)
: Jamie Owens of J. Scott Sports
The first of three official visits scheduled for 2012 target Gary Harris takes place this weekend at Purdue. The Boilermakers host Notre Dame in football Saturday night on ESPN which should make for an interesting atmosphere. Harris will spend Friday evening at Noblesville as the Hamilton Southeastern football team looks to move to 6-1.
There’s still been no word on plans for an official visit to Kentucky, but the Wildcats have offered a scholarship according to GoldandBlack.com. After the Purdue visit, Indiana will get Harris next for Hoosier Hysteria on October 15 and then Michigan State will host him on the weekend of November 5. The early signing period begins on Wednesday, November 9.
Crean in Indianapolis
Brian Snow of Scout.com reported that Tom Crean was at North Central for open gym on Wednesday to watch 2014 forward Perry Poindexter. The 6-foot-7 Poindexter has interest from Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue and Xavier. Crean was also at Indianapolis Tech on Wednesday watching 2014 commitment Trey Lyles according to Trevor Andershock. Lyles’ high school coach, Jason Delaney, also confirmed Crean’s presence at Tech.