Jan 22, 2012; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini fans during the second half against the Wisconsin Badgers at Assembly Hall. Wisconsin won 67-63. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-US PRESSWIRE

Basketball Recruiting: 2014 Malek Harris Tremendous Combo

Malek Harris is solid combo forward with the right touch of athleticism and strength in his game. The 6’7 forward can play down low on the block or spread out the floor on the wing with his versatile skill set. The Illinois product has college recruiters taking notice in his abilities and high major schools across the country are letting him know they want him.


His physical style has many coaches remarking that Malek plays a BIG 10 style of basketball. Malek excels in finishing around the basket and grabbing rebounds on offense and defense. He is fearless and that has translated into success.

For the next level, Malek wants to “Work on my ball handling and footwork. The addition of ball handling would make me a better athlete on wing and polished footwork would be a tremendous help down low.” Malek would be difficult for any defender with that mobility.

Currently Malek has three offers that he is holding; DePaul, Iowa, and Miami (OH). Iowa seems to be pursuing the hardest and Malek will be taking a visit there September 15th.

Malek has interest from a wide variety of schools including, Indiana, Marquette, Wisconsin, Illinois, Maryland, Oregon State, Boston College, Purdue, Nebraska, Louisville, Ball State, and Detroit.

Malek believes that Iowa is pursuing him the hardest but Wisconsin and Oregon State have also kept in very close contact. Malek will take an official visit to Wisconsin September 22nd.

Location is not a factor in Malek’s decision but academics is the number 1 deciding factor. Malek plans on attending college for four years to earn his degree. With all the interest Malek has attracted he will have many options and I believe the offers will continue to roll in. Malek is a fun player to watch with his unique size and athleticism and I think he would be an instant addition to any team.

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