UVa Offers Washington Guard Joe Harris

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Chelan (WA) guard Joe Harris played in a tournament in Portland the Friday, Saturday and Sunday before heading out across country to participate in UVa’s Elite Basketball Camp, which took place on the Monday and Tuesday of last week. The 6-6, 200-pound rising senior played well despite having to get much of his rest in an airplane and in a layover at Charlotte International Airport, impressing the Cavaliers staff enough to receive a scholarship offer days after the camp.

“Joe was not offered at the camp,” said Joe Harris ‘ father, Joe, who is also the head varsity basketball coach at Chelan. “He was offered just this past week. When we left the Elite Camp, we had a good conversation with Coach Bennett, Coach Sanchez and Coach McKay. We felt real comfortable. This last week, while Joe was at a team camp, Coach Bennett called me and offered.”

Harris, the Class 1A Player of the Year in Washington last season as a junior, received interest from Tony Bennett when Bennett was at Washington State. He didn’t initially hear much following Bennett’s move to UVa, but a recent phone call from Virginia’s new head coach indicated the interest was still there.

“For him to make the phone call, we knew it was more than standard interest,” Coach Harris said.

Virginia is recruiting Harris as a two or three. According to his father, Joe has the ability to play several positions in high school and also on the college level.

“At his size, and he is nearly 6-6 now, he can play the one, two or three. His versatility is intriguing for a lot of schools,” said Coach Harris, who plays his son primarily as a one or a two. The younger Harris averaged 26 points per game as a junior and 22 points per game as a sophomore. “He has a good handle, point guard vision and he sees the floor well. He is a shooter with tremendous range. He can get to the hoop. Looking at Coach Bennett’s style, he would be a great fit.”

Coach Harris reflected on last week’s experience in Charlottesville.

“The trip to Virginia was outstanding,” Coach Harris said. “We had never been in the area. It was great to feel welcomed by Coach Bennett and his staff. The University speaks for itself.

“It was a short trip after coming so far, but we got a great