For the second time in just over a week, IU has offered a guard in the rising senior class.
On Saturday, Fairfax, Va. based 6-foot-4 combo-guard DeShawn Harris-Smith reported an offer from Indiana. The IU staff watched Harris-Smith play this weekend at the Nike EYBL event in Kansas City according to multiple reports.
For spring and summer basketball, Harris-Smith plays for Team Takeover on the Nike EYBL Circuit. That’s the same Washington D.C. area program that produced Victor Oladipo and Xavier Johnson.
He attends St. Paul VI for high school. That team finished the season 31-5 and won the Washington (D.C.) Catholic League and a state title. Harris-Smith was named the VISAA Division I State player of the year and averaged 14.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.2 steals per game.
247Sports national analyst DuShawn London described the tough-minded and physical Harris-Smith like this after watching him a few weeks ago.
“Harris-Smith still scored the ball through mostly drives to the rim where he used his body extremely well to power himself through contact and finish but what really stood out was his ability and willingness to get his teammates involved.”
Rivals described Harris-Smith in a similar fashion over the winter.
“Harris-Smith is a unique player with a point-wing type skill set,” Jamie Shaw wrote. “You will find him on the ball for much of the game, especially in the half court, getting his team into sets and spraying passes all over the floor.”
According to the aggregated 247Sports Composite, Harris-Smith is the No. 123 overall player in the 2023 class, and the No. 20 shooting guard. He recently made a major move up in 247Sports’ own rankings, and he’s No. 54 nationally according to that outlet.
In addition to IU, Harris-Smith has offers from Penn State, Butler, Xavier, Villanova, Texas Tech, Texas Christian, Rutgers, LSU, Maryland, Georgetown, Virginia Tech and St. John’s when it comes to high major programs.
IU assistant coach Kenya Hunter will be the lead on this recruitment.
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