Friday, July 10, 2009

Budding Big Man on Pack's Radar

We have reported in the past that the coaching staff seems pretty set on landing a 'big' to accompany point guard Ryan Harrow in the 2010 recruiting class. C.J. Leslie and Luke Cothron are the two big fellas that currently hold offers from the Pack. Although these two might be the top priority, don't think that the coaching staff won't be evaluating all of the talented post players on the market during this July evaluation period. One such player is Damontre Harris out of Trinity Christian School down in Fayettville. We have heard from a reliable source that NC State will be giving Harris a good look this month.

Damontre is a 6'9 Center, weighing in at 205 pounds. Scout ranks him as the #8 Center in the class and ESPN lists him at #11. Harris is a Top 100 player according to both Scout and Rivals, with Scout ranking him at 83rd and Rivals ranking him 65th. Last season he averaged 11 points and 10 rebounds on a balanced Trinity Christian team. While he definitely needs to add a little mass to his frame, he is extremely athletic for his height and moves like a Small Forward. He has a 7'1 (some report 7'3) wingspan, and he uses it to his advantage. Harris is a ferocious shot-blocker and possesses the ability to easily shoot over his opponent. He has good range on his jump shot and has a soft touch around the basket. He will have to continue to work on not rushing his shots, his decision making and his post move arsenal. With all that being said, most think that Deamontre hasn't even scratched the surface of his potential. For instance, look at what Dave Telep had to say to the FayObserver concerning Harris last week:

"Among the players Telep finds himself loving more and more as time goes on is Damontre Harris, an on-the-rise Class of 2010 forward from Trinity Christian Academy who's currently ranked as Scout's No. 65 rising senior nationally.

Telep raves about Harris' athleticism and selflessness. With a 7-foot-1 wingspan and explosive leaping ability, Harris has a headstart on becoming a difference maker at the next level.

Perhaps most intriguing aspect about Harris has been his long-term potential, with many recruiting analysts believing he is just now beginning to realize how good he can be."

SLAM also had this to say about Harris after the recent NBA camp:

"Damontre Harris, 6-9 rising senior post, Trinity Christian (NC): Harris may have been the absolutely least-heralded kid in the building (NBA Camp), but the rail-thin prospect more than held his own. A very intriguing player, Harris isn’t in the least bit physical, but his length and athleticism allows him to finish plays on offense, be a defensive presence and hit the boards, while his excellent shooting touch (and range) and agility gave defenders fits."

Trinity Christian's coach Heath Vandevender spoke with the FayObserver as well and confirmed that Harris is looking to trim his list on August 2nd:

"A recent report on indicated that Harris and Trinity Christian coach Heath Vandevender have set a deadline of Aug. 2 for schools interested in the star recruit to offer a scholarship.

That, Vandevender told Rivals, will allow Harris to gauge all the interest coming his way and narrow his list down to five finalists, schools he will then take official visits to in the fall."

Schools that have extended scholarship offers include Boston College, Georgia, USC, UNC-Wilmington, Virginia Commonwealth, Xavier, Winthrop, Maryland, Auburn, Wake Forest and UCONN.

We will keep you updated with anything that comes up concerning the Pack's recruitment of Damontre.


15 Responses to "Budding Big Man on Pack's Radar"
  1. Justin said...
    July 10, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    South Carolina. They were all over him once the new staff was hired. They were the first to offer and we seem to have gotten to the dance a little bit late this time.

  2. Anonymous said...
    July 10, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    I am crazy convinced that if we pass on Parker we will be sorry. Very sorry.


  3. Anonymous said...
    July 10, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    Hopefully, he doesn't get too much attention from UNC. He's reported to be a life-long UNC fan. But I am excited at the possibility of Harris ending up at NC State. It sounds like he has Leslie's build and athleticism (or nearly so) but without the polish (yet).

  4. oldwiseowl said...
    July 10, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    How do you get in the scholarship crunch that we are in? 2, 2, 3, 6 = 13. We could use a Harrow, Leslie/Cothran/Harris, Parker/Ingram. At least, a three person class.

  5. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    July 10, 2009 at 2:50 PM

    ^^ The coaches really want a true big, and Parker doesn't fit the bill. We've seen Parker a few times and he is a very good player with a high ceiling, but that wing spot might be something they feel they need to fill 2011.

    Coach Lowe really believes in Scott Wood, and with Johnny Thomas seeming healthy enough to contribute and CJ Williams having the ability to slide over to the 3, it doesn't look like it is a true "need" at the moment.

    Getting a true center is a must, seeing at Tracy is the only one on the roster besides Vandenburg.

  6. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    July 10, 2009 at 2:53 PM

    can't take a 3 person class in 2010unless someone leaves, which right now does not seem likley.

  7. Anonymous said...
    July 10, 2009 at 3:01 PM

    If you UCONN offered you know they see high potential in this kid. The last 3 star kid they took was Jeff Adrien who had a nice career for them. UCONN seems to know how to recruit BIG men.

  8. oldwiseowl said...
    July 10, 2009 at 3:25 PM

    No disrespect, but we heard that we would take Wall if he wanted come (e.g, somehow make room). I am sure that we will find room if we want 3 people.

  9. Alum02 said...
    July 10, 2009 at 3:40 PM

    If having a true center is the need I don't see why we are pursuing Leslie or Cothron. Luke seems to be more of a 4 that could play 5 in a pinch and Leslie is definitely not a center prospect. Unless Harris really fills out he isn't likely a center prospect either though his height and length help. But hey, all three of them would play in the post and Parker wouldn't.

  10. Anonymous said...
    July 10, 2009 at 3:56 PM

    Speaking of South Carolina.... we need Wolfpack Pigskin back soon!!

  11. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    July 10, 2009 at 4:12 PM

    ^The launch of WPP is quickly approaching. Launch Day - August 1st!

  12. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    July 10, 2009 at 4:20 PM

    We are told the staff wants a true big. I was just speculating that we'll need someone to fill that center spot.

    Cothron, I'd say, is a true center prospect. We've seen him quite a bit and he plays with his back to the basket and is comfortable doing it. He also has the type of frame that will fill out.

  13. Alum02 said...
    July 10, 2009 at 4:57 PM

    Luke seems a little short for center, but I guess he's at least as tall as Tracy, right?

  14. Anonymous said...
    July 10, 2009 at 5:38 PM

    i hope that the pecking order looks like this:

    -1st to commit gets the ship:

    -if we miss there take the best available

    and i just bet we will be taking 3. there is always unseen attrition


  15. Jose said...
    July 11, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    We definitely need a post player with the ability to be a game changer on both ends for next season- it is encouraging to know that Jordan V is tall and very intelligent to go along with high levels of coordination. But to leave it on him to play alot of minutes in only the beginning of 2nd season of US/ACC basketball is a tall order indeed.


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