Basketball Recruiting Notes

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Head coach Tony Bennett and company are still looking to get on the board in the 2011 class. Two high schools in particular have been a focus of the staff, which has offered two juniors at Christ School (Arden, N.C.) and two at Milton (Alpharetta, GA). Read more about these targets in this edition of “Notes.”

Virginia One Of Five Offers For Harrison

Center Marshall Plumlee has been on the University of Virginia’s radar for quite some time, but another Christ School (Arden, N.C.) junior has caught the eye of Cavaliers head coach Tony Bennett. According to Christ School head coach David Gaines, Virginia is one of five schools to officially offer 6-4 swingman Demarcus Harrison.

“Coach Bennett was here one day to see Marshall work out,” Gaines recalled. “During the course of the afternoon, he asked me, “Who is this kid?’ He recognized him from the summer. It was Demarcus. He came back the next week, but he called before he came. He said he loved Marshall but added that he couldn’t stop thinking about how well Demarcus played. I told Coach Bennett that I thought Demarcus had great upside. Coach came back a week later and offered him. Because Demarcus is a very good student, the appeal of UVa is way up there, but the family hasn’t visited yet.”

Harrison attended Greenwood High School in South Carolina before transferring to Christ School for the 2009/2010 year. Originally a member of the 2010 class, he reclassified upon entering Christ School and is now in the 2011 class. In his first season at Christ School, Harrison, who started most of the season, averaged 12 points and five rebounds per game en route to earning NCISAA all-state honors.

“I’d never seen Demarcus play prior to a team camp for us,” said Gaines, whose team captured the NCISAA state championship in 2009/2010. “A few coaches said he was very athletic and had a world of talent, but they thought he probably slides and glides a bit. They said he was talented, but he doesn’t assert himself like they’d want to see. I said I’d be the judge, but actually I told Demarcus some of those comments. I told him I had never seen him play, so therefore he needed to hear these words because maybe that was the rep he was developing. I told him to go about developing his game and to make himself as good as he possibly could be. He was very receptive.”

Harrison became a well-rounded scorer over the course