Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
By JACK LeGWINSpecial to ZAGSBLOGJordan Harris is here to stay.
The 6-foot-4 lefty has made a name for himself over the course of the summer, leading Showtime Hoops 16U alongside close friend and top prospect Tyree Crump.
“Tyree and I have known each other since we were really small,” Harris told SNY.tv. “I know that I make him better, and I know that he makes me better. That’s why I came to Showtime.”
The duo has torn it up so far, leading to them drawing some significant interest from schools all over the nation
“Right now, I’ve got interest from Kansas, Duke, Missouri, Miami, NC State, UConn, Florida State, Georgia, Alabama and Michigan State,” Harris told SNY.tv.
Harris also said that a couple of schools have made an impression early.
“Michigan State stood out to me,” Harris said. “It’s about Coach (Tom) Izzo, he just wants to win. He makes his players better, and the program better. Georgia, Florida State also stand out to me as well.”
The rising junior has an explosiveness that few possess, while at the same time being efficient in his movement, as well as shooting the ball. As a lefty, he has a couple players that he has kept an eye on.
“I watch James Harden a lot,” Harris said. “I watched James Young a lot too.”
He also mentioned that he has kept a current North Carolina guard on his radar.
“For college players, I also like Marcus Paige,” Harris said. “I like North Carolina’s tradition a lot.”
Harris says that he has yet to grow, and could end up taller than most of the players he idolizes.
“The doctor says that I could get to 6-foot-9,” Harris said. “But right now, I should grow to be 6-foot-6 or 6-foot-7.”
This would put Harris into the Kelly Oubre category height-wise, with Oubre being another lefty who is expected to make a big impact at Kansas in his freshman year.
This is just the start for Harris, so expect him to do big things, and often in the next couple years.
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.