Bennett Puts Cavs Over the Top with Harris

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Lake Chelan (WA) star guard Joe Harris , the second 2010 class recruit to commit to UVa, recalled his first ever encounter with Virginia men’s basketball coach Tony Bennett.

“It was during an open gym at my high school and he was still at Washington State,” recalled the 6-6, 200-pound prospect. “I immediately felt comfortable around him. He is a great guy. He is always preaching family and faith and I just felt comfortable around him.”

Bennett’s impression has been lasting and was a major factor in Harris’ decision to commit to the University of Virginia. The rising senior standout committed to the Cavaliers over offers from Washington and Washington State, among others, choosing to attend college clear across the country.

“I’m extremely excited about my decision,” Harris said. “I’m excited I’m about to become a Virginia Cavalier.”

Further discussing Coach Bennett, Harris said, “He is a great guy. He is approachable. He is honest with you. He also didn’t pressure me too much. He knew I didn’t want to be pressured and he was cool with it. That was different from some people. Coach Bennett is a great recruiter.”

Harris also developed a good relationship with Virginia assistant coach Ritchie McKay, who actually learned of the talented prospect’s decision on Sunday. Harris called Coach Bennett and committed on Monday morning.

“Coach McKay was talking to me that day, going over some stuff,” Harris said. “He was asking me if I knew in my heart where I wanted to go. I told him I did and that I planned to call Coach Bennett soon.”

Around the middle of July, Harris says he felt “pretty certain” that he would commit to Virginia. He and his father traveled

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