Mar 28, 2013; Washington, D.C., USA; The Marquette Golden Eagles mascot performs in the first half against the Syracuse Orange during the finals of the East regional of the 2013 NCAA tournament at the Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Marquette Basketball Recruiting: Malek Harris Picks Golden Eagles

During an unofficial visit on June 26th, 2014 small forward Malek Harris decided to give his verbal commitment to the Marquette Golden Eagles. Harris is a three-star recruit and is ranked as one of the Top 10 recruits in the state of Illinois.

Mar 23, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Marquette Golden Eagles mascot performs in the first half against the Butler Bulldogs during the third round of the NCAA basketball tournament at Rupp Arena. Marquette defeated Butler 74-72. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Malek Harris is the first prospect from the Class of 2014 to commit to Marquette. The other teams that offered at him, but did not get his commitment were the Auburn Tigers, Creighton Bluejays, DePaul Blue Demons, Illinois State Redbirds, Iowa Hawkeyes, Kansas State Wildcats, Miami (OH) Redhawks, Missouri Tigers, Northwestern Wildcats, Oklahoma State Cowboys, Oregon State Beavers, Purdue Boilermakers, and St. Louis Billikens.

Analyst Jerry Meyer predicted that Marquette would end up landing Malek Harris for the 247 Sports Crystal Ball. Harris stands at 6’7″ and shows tremendous size on the court.

After watching his film from the Illinois Wolves, it appears that Harris is a pure driver/slasher  as all of his highlights showed him driving to the basket.

However, he is not a selfish player by any means. Harris contains an innate ability to decide whether or not to finish at the rim or pass the ball off to a fellow teammate.

One thing Harris will need to work on at the next level is his shooting. It looks like Harris can drive to the hoop on nearly anybody, but that will change at the college level. He will not be able to drive on every possession in college and will need to develop a jumper to complement his driving ability.

In 2012, Harris recorded 10.8 points per game and 9.0 rebounds per game at Carl Sandburg High School in Chicago’s south suburbs.

The three-star recruit is currently ranked 9th in the state of Illinois, 28th among shooting forwards, and 115th among 2014 high school recruits by 247Sports.

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