Spoon River's ultra talented guard Jerome Harris has had a busy year so far. Harris has been a hot target for college recruiters since the day he stepped onto Spoon River's campus. With a high profile recruitment, Harris has remained to stay focus and humble. He has been hearing from some of the country's best programs, and has done so with a extremely hard work ethic on and off the court. Harris who is rated as the 3rd best point guard and the 12th best player in the top 100 national juco rankings has trimmed his list to 5 schools. Texas, Minnesota, Gonzaga, USC, and Houston has all made the cut but considered Iowa, Cal, Pittsburgh, Florida Gulf Coast, Alabama St, Oregon St, Washington, Toledo, Central Michigan, and Cal St Riverside.
Which ever school Harris selects he will be an immediate impact. " I have a great relationship with all the schools that is recruiting me, and all the coaches are real cool" says Harris. " Im in the proccess of evaluating all 5 schools and selecting from there" he added. Harris admits that new schools have called and interested in getting involved with him. " Yes, Uconn has called me several times over the last week". " They were recruiting me since HS revisited with me, but stopped communicating since then". " Really its hard for me to take in new schools, I have 5 to focus on and I have a leader (Houston)". says Harris. Houston has been in hot pursuit and highly active recruiting Jerome the entire recruiting process. " I have a strong relationship with Houston". " Coach Lewis is a real dude, he cares, and knows how to develop pro's"." I talk to him everyday" Harris says. Texas is the other school has been highly active in recruiting Jerome." Texas is a real good program, the coaches are real cool, we talk all the time"." He reports to start taking visits and is expected to be on Houston campus soon and Texas shortly after.
At 6'3 175 pounds, Harris is a cant miss prospect as he's flooded in potential. Harris who committed to Indiana as a junior in HS is also the younger cousin of Kansas Sherron Collins. " I dont get to talk to him alot like I usually would because of our schedules, but sometimes he will shoot me a text or something checking on me" says Harris. Harris comes from a big basketball tradition family who supports him the entire way through the recruiting proccess. " My family loves basketball, and they are excited about the decision I make". " My mom and dad will always buy me shirts and other gear on the teams thats recruiting me, and my sister has all my recruiting letters and she has made me a huge book of them all with news paper articles". " They all love it, because it makes me happy and I do it for all of us" says Harris.
In recent years many schools have not recruited juco talent, but has started to make strong considerations on the great deal of talent that lies within the NJCCA. Duke's Coach K, recently has been extremely active in the juco ranks after missing out on some of the nations top prep players. UCLA's Ben Howland got a commitment from the top juco point guard in the country in Lazeric Jones. Arizona St's Herb Sendek has recieved a commitment from a juco combo guard who is his 1st to offer since his arrival at Arizona St. UNC's Roy Williams has struggled this past season with a point guard, and is actively on the juco trail as well. Harris on the other hand has heard from schools of that nature. What makes Harris is special is uncanny ability to take his game to another level, and emerge as an elite prospect, maybe the grades he's boasting, or his 3 years of eligibility. " I think that by me having 3 years of eligibility left has a lot to do with my recruiting". " What I think makes me good is that I want to be, so im always asking for help and always in the gym".
No doubt with a mindset with talent in a kid of his nature the sky is the limit for him.