POSTED: Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 3:48pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 5:26pm
Tim Floyd has landed his first blue chip recruit for the Miners.
Rashanti Harris is coming to UTEP.
"I think he has the ability to play on the next level, in the NBA, because of his ability to rebound," grinned Floyd.
The 6-8, 240-pound Harris is regarded as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com. He was rated the no. 15 player in the country by HoopScoop, no. 17 by Scout.com, no. 26 by Rivals.com and no. 37 by ESPN following a dominant prep career at New Hope High School in Columbus, Miss. Harris was also regarded as the no. 2 center in the Class of 2008 by Scout.com.
Harris averaged 19.7 points, 15 rebounds and 4.5 blocked shots as a senior, shooting 65 percent from the field. He was appointed Mr. Basketball in the state of Mississippi after leading New Hope HS to the 2008 4A state title.
However, he comes to UTEP with some baggage. Harris origionally signed with Georgia St. out of high school but never qualified academically.
Floyd says that will not be a problem.
"He (Harris) will be qualified by the time he gets here, he just took a little longer getting it done."
In December 2007, Harris was named to the All-Tournament team at the City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers, Fla., where he went up against the likes of Kenny Boynton (Florida), Larry Drew (North Carolina), Greg Monroe (Georgetown) and Samardo Samuels (Louisville).
Harris later attended The Patterson School in Patterson, N.C. He played for the Columbus Titans AAU team.