Nov 18, 2012; Omaha, NE, USA; A Creighton Bluejays cheerleader shoots a t-shirt gun into the crowd during the first half against the Presbyterian Blue Hose at the CenturyLink Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Ryerson-USA TODAY Sports

Creighton Recruit Focus: Darian Harris

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Profile:

Position: Shooting Guard

Size: 6-foot-6 185 pounds

High school and travel league: Shiloh Christian School and Arkansas Wings

Recruit Rankings:

ESPN’s 78th ranked SG and a 2-star recruit

Rivals.com rates Darian as a 3-star recruit

247Sports.com’s 118th ranked SG

Strengths:

Shooting – plain and simple. Harris is regarded as one of the best shooters in the 2013 class.  And he’s not just a catch-and-shoot threat when out on the floor. He has the ability to create space off the dribble to get a window. And standing at 6-foot-6 gives him an advantage when out on the perimeter.  He can also handle the ball and get it to teammates when he’s not in firing range, like that of most guards.

Harris has been labeled as a sleeper and one of the most underrated recruits in the class. He earned Arkansas all-state honors after averaging 23.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5.7 assists for Shiloh Christian last season. He also earned All-NWA Media Boys Player of the Year honors.

“Darian can dribble, pass and shoot, and he possesses a high basketball IQ,” Coach Greg McDermott said. “As he develops his body, we anticipate him being a valuable asset to our program at the wing position.”

Weaknesses:

As alluded to in the quote above from Coach McDermott, Harris could benefit from added strength. This shouldn’t be much of a concern as an offseason in a collegiate weight and training program for the first time can fix that in a matter of months. Harris has also made mention of his need to get stronger. So, as far as I know he’s already put on 15 pounds of muscle and is bench pressing Gregory Echenique. The additional strength will allow him to be able to ‘slash’ to the basket without getting bounced around too much. Given his length he shouldn’t be relegated to hovering around the 3-point line. Being able to get to the basket will vastly improve his and the team’s offensive game. Other areas of weakness: his defense and rebounding are nothing to get excited about. Improvements in these areas will be expected, especially given his length.

How he will fit in:

Harris is a 6-6 swing player who will add a serious threat along the perimeter for the Bluejays given his shooting prowess. He graduated from Shiloh Christian as the all-time leading scorer in school history. During his high school career he developed some semblance of a slashing aspect to his game, but it is an area he can improve upon. Creighton is returning four of five starters from last year’s MVC championship team, with the lone open spot at forward. Harris won’t start, be he should compete for meaningful minutes especially if he can improve his defense. It’s difficult to keep someone so naturally gifted at filling the bucket on the bench, so it will be interesting to see how often Coach McDermott turns to the sharp-shooter.

Recruiting video:

Check out this video to see Darian’s out-of-the-gym range.  It’s impressive.

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