Duquesne Signs Brandon Harris

May 23rd, 2007

PITTSBURGH – Duquesne University head men’s basketball coach Ron Everhart has announced that forward Brandon Harris (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) has signed a written offer of admission and plans to enroll this fall as a member men’s basketball team. Harris is the fourth player to commit to the Dukes this spring.

Harris, who was ranked among the top 25 players in Ohio by Rick Bolus' High Potential® Basketball Recruiting Service, came into his own this summer as a member of Pittsburgh’s Team Adidas where he is currently averaging 12.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game.

“I’m very pleased Brandon is going to be part of our program,” said Everhart. “He is a young man of great character and an outstanding student. He’ll be a great asset to the basketball program and Duquesne University. Brandon’s upside is unlimited. He has a great future at Duquesne.”

“Brandon is a very good shot blocker with great timing,” said Team Adidas head coach Ernie Kusnyer. “He can shoot the ball comfortably from 15 feet and is an excellent free throw shooter for a big man. He is very coachable and has the potential to be a very good college basketball player, especially with the coaching he’ll receive at Duquesne.”

Harris played limited minutes in helping Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (15-8), which finished No. 7 in the Cleveland Plain Dealer Top 25, to the second round of the OHSAA Division II Boys Championship. He was also on the SVSM Merit Roll this past semester.

“Brandon was a role player for us who made great strides during the season,” said St. Vincent-St. Mary coach Dru Joyce. “He’s just a baby in basketball terms. He moved from Virginia prior to his junior year and went from being a couch potato to an athlete. I think in the right situation - two or so years down the road - he will be a quality player and contribute. I commend the Duquesne coaches for seeing his potential and for their willingness to take a chance.

“Brandon is 6-8 almost 6-9 now and I can easily see him getting up to a solid 250 or 260 pounds as he matures. I wish I had him another year. He could have been more of a go-to guy for us. His upside is as great as anyone in our program.”