Familiar names continue to surface in the class of 2019 for Indiana.
The Hoosiers were once thought to be a legitimate contender for class of 2019 4-star guard Anthony Harris. IU never got the traction with Harris that they hoped for and he ultimately committed to play for Buzz Williams at Virginia Tech.
With Williams’ recent move to Texas A&M, Harris asked for and received his release from the Hokies.
Now Archie Miller is giving it another go.
First, Corey Evans of Rivals said this yesterday about Indiana’s involvement with Harris —
“….they have also expressed heavy interest in Anthony Harris, a former Virginia Tech commit who would fill a variety of holes in Indiana’s back court.”
Later in the day 247Sports reported via Twitter that Miller had been on-site in Virginia to visit with Harris.
Source: Anthony Harris, one of the top available 2019 guards, met with Roy Williams, Archie Miller, Patrick Ewing, Mark Turgeon, Mike Young, as well as assistants from Seton Hall & Wake Forest today at Paul VI.
— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) April 13, 2019
Duke had been involved prior to Harris’ Virginia Tech commitment. Now with North Carolina pursuing the 6-foot-3 point guard, it is clear that he is a highly coveted talent that has re-emerged late in the 2019 recruiting cycle.
Although Harris is a talented scorer and facilitator with an improving three-point shot, it is likely his defense and other intangibles that are the most attractive to Miller.
A big physical guard, Harris is regarded as one of the best perimeter defenders in the 2019 class. Last summer he led his AAU team (Team Takeover) to an EYBL Nike Peach Jam title.
Above all, the Fairfax native is regarded as a competitor and a floor leader — things that this Indiana roster could definitely use, and perhaps what is the most intriguing to Miller.
Indiana has three open scholarships on its 2019-20 roster. The Hoosiers are in a good position to land graduate transfer Joey Brunk, and are still heavily involved with 2019 guards Lester Quinones and Harlond Beverly. The addition of Brunk along with any of Harris, Quinones or Beverly would provide a major boost to next year’s roster.
Harris is the 66th ranked player in the 2019 class according to the 247Sports Composite — in the same general area as Quinones (76th) and Beverly (103rd) as 4-star guards. He has indicated that he is also still considering remaining with Virginia Tech.
Harris tore his ACL in the fall and missed his senior season of high school. He told Rivals that he will be 100 percent for his freshman season of college.
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