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Last spring I was dead set on making Bruce Weber the scapegoat for any potential drop off in the quality of K-State basketball in coming years. While a good on-court coach, I expressed fears that he wasn’t equipped to be a successful recruiter after his first season saw the Wildcats essentially picking through scraps long after national signing day in order to complete a full class. With the second commitment of his 2014 recruiting class, Weber may prove me very, very wrong. And that’s exactly what I’m hoping Tre Harris does.
Harris is a nice sized combo guard, standing at 6’5″ and playing for Fishburne Military Academy in Virginia. He gave his commitment Saturday night after a visit to Manhattan and Manhattan Madness after also visiting Toledo and Delaware. Harris chose to go the prep school route and attend Fishburne after a high school career that resulted in underwhelming recruiting interest. He averaged 17 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 2.3 steals for Edwardsville High School in Illinois. However, his true talents lie as a pure shooter. He hit 66 treys last season while helping his team to a 31-3 finish and third place in Illinois Class 4A.
Harris doesn’t necessarily offer K-State a nasty scorer who can immediately replace senior Shane Southwell in 2014. However, his pure shooting skill and athleticism should allow him to grow into a solid player after a year on campus. He was not ranked by Rivals or the other recruiting services, but Kansas State has rarely made its mark going after the nation’s highest rated players. Rather, both the football and basketball programs go after kids that hustle, fit a system, and work like they have something to prove. Harris had the opportunity to play at mid-major programs last year, but chose the prep school route to improve himself and demonstrate he’s capable of playing on a higher level. Perfect.