Among the prospects visiting Indiana University this past weekend was 2014 SF Malek Harris (Sandburg HS / Orland Park, IL). I got a chance to speak with Harris about his visit and where he is at in the recruiting process.
The unofficial visit to Bloomington is the latest development for the 6’7″ Harris, who has been picking up interest from programs in the Big Ten and beyond. With offers from Miami (OH), Iowa and DePaul, the list of schools interested also includes Indiana, Illinois, Nebraska, Louisville, Marquette, St. John’s, Oregon State and Creighton.
“The visit went great,” he said of his trip to IU. He get to check out the team’s workout and then scrimmage with some of the current players. “It was just a great experience and I learned a lot from Indiana.”
Harris is running with Mike Mullins and the Illinois Wolves this summer, though he suffered a minor setback in early May when he sprained his ankle. He describes himself as an unselfish, high energy player and college coaches are certainly taking notice.
“The coaches like my versatility,” he said. “I try to make myself a player who can play all 5 positions.”
Harris is a rising prospect as he heads into his junior season at Carl Sandburg High School in suburban Orland Park. While a number of local schools have gotten involved, Harris says that location is not an important factor. When asked what he’s looking for, he said “just a place where I can fit into the system with a great coach and history.”
Don’t expect a decision soon, though, as Harris doesn’t plan on selecting a college until next summer. Until then, look out for Harris on the AAU and HS circuit as the offers continue to roll in.