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More recruiting trail heat for Archie Miller now with 6-3 combo guard Anthony Harris visiting Bloomington for an official visit. Per reports, the visit is scheduled for this upcoming weekend. Indiana is the first official visit that Anthony Harris has set up since the re-opening of his recruitment from Virginia Tech. Evan Daniels reports that Anthony Harris has also scheduled a visit with Roy Williams and North Carolina.
The Virginia native is currently ranked 65th overall in the 2019 class and the 8th ranked combo guard according to the 247Sports composite ranking.
This news comes shortly after Lester Quinones announced his rescheduled official visit to Indiana for April 24th to April 26th. In the meantime, Butler graduate transfer Joey Brunk has also announced his commitment to the Hoosiers.
Archie Miller and the Indiana staff are making an impact on the recruiting trail with a lot of activity taking place in April. Clearly with guards as a priority, these two official visits come in during a great time.
Anthony Harris originally committed to coach Buzz Williams and the Virginia Tech Hokies in October of 2018. The Fairfax, Virginia native picked a school near home over a number of other offers from high major schools in the ACC, SEC, and Big East. Prior to his decision to commit to Virginia Tech, he took an official to Duke, but did not receive an offer. According to 247Sports, Anthony Harris had a total of 18 offers.
When the announcement of Buzz Williams came out, Anthony posted the following note on Twitter about his re-opening his recruitment. Harris backed off his original commitment to Virginia Tech and wanted to explore additional options now that the recruiting landscape has changed half a year later.
North Carolina, Indiana, Georgetown, Maryland, Seton Hall, and Wake Forest all reached out to Anthony Harris after the announcement. Mike Young, the new Virginia Tech head coach, has also had conversations with Harris.
Indiana originally offered Harris on June 12th, 2018 and Anthony frankly explained to USA Today that Archie Miller was recruiting him as a point guard at the time.
“We talk a lot, he calls me, speaks with me about recruiting. He talks about my play — just to make me better,” Harris said. “Just to get me more confident with the ball. Just being more active. We’ve both got the same kind of mindset. He’s an aggressive coach, I’m an aggressive player. So we can be together a lot.”Anthony Harris interview with USA Today High School Sports
Why has there been so much action on recruiting? That’s largely due to the new 2019 NCAA recruiting calendar and the structure of recruitment periods. Check out our full guide on the 2019 NCAA offseason and key dates associated.
Anthony Harris Highlights
Anthony Harris stands out with his two-way athleticism. He is quick towards the rim, has the agility to make strong cuts laterally, and makes the majority of his buckets on penetrations.
Offensively, Harris still has opportunities to improve his shooting. If Harris can further develop his perimeter shooting, he can be very effective in leagues like the Big Ten, but as it stands there is additional work that he has to put in.
His speed has also elevated his defense. On the perimeter, he seems to have the potential to grow into a strong gap closer and at 6-3, he has the length to provide proper coverage. Another one of Harris’s defensive skills is on-ball pressure. If opposing guards are not careful, playing against a pesky Anthony Harris is a turnover waiting to appen.
Since December, Harris has been out with an ACL tear, which he had surgery to repair. Since the injury, he has had the opportunity to watch a lot of game tape and learn from the sidelines. According to reports, he is expected to recover and he is currently progressing as expected on his timeline.