Parent’s Perspective: Harris Talks UVa Visit

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Harris sees action at the 1, 2 and 3 spots at Lake Chelan

In Q&A, 6-6, 200-pound Lake Chelan (WA) guard/forward Joe Harris who made an official visit to UVa last weekend, said, “I didn’t want to leave. It was so awesome.”

While the younger Harris, a Virginia commitment, would like to begin his college career now, his father is pleased on many levels to have his son around for another year. The elder Harris, also named Joe, serves as Lake Chelan’s boys’ varsity basketball coach.

“I’ve got one more season with him. I’m going to take it as long as I can get it,” Coach Harris said with a laugh.

Coach Harris and his wife accompanied their only son to Charlottesville last weekend, returning from the experience with a glowing review of the University of Virginia.

“It was just the overall feeling we got when we were on campus or in the community of Charlottesville,” said Harris, who also has three daughters. “I don’t know if acceptance is the right word, but we felt very welcomed by everybody. It wasn’t only from a coaching standpoint and the things the coaches including Coach Curtis did, but from the support people in academics and everyone else. It was just an overwhelming feeling we got about the place. Virginia will be an outstanding ride for our son. We have no reservations at all about having him go there. The whole experience will make Joe a better person.”

The organization of the official visit particularly impressed Coach Harris.

“Everyone was very organized, right down from the time we hopped off the plane to the time we left,” he said. “They took care of all our needs. We felt part of something special. It was almost overwhelming.”

Harris continues to be impressed by Virginia’s head coach, Tony Bennett, who coached at Washington State before accepting UVa’s post this spring.