News broke a couple of weeks ago that Utah State received a commitment from a JC power forward Sean Harris. Now, I know you may be thinking: “The Aggies recruit LDS missionaries? I thought that was just BYU!!?” but before you get too far, the image to the left may not be what you think it is.
After completing one year of Junior College at Yuba College in California, Harris left to Honduras on an religious mission. While on his mission he committed to Bradley University (thus the photo to the left). However, shortly thereafter, coach Jim Les was released from his duties as Bradley’s head coach, and Harris decided to re-open his recruitment. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Harris grew up a BYU fan, and was very interested in playing in the state of Utah. Upon returning home from his mission, Harris was recruited by both BYU and Utah State, as well as several other D1 schools including Idaho, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Davis. After taking an official visit to Utah State to take in the Utah State vs. Weber State football game on September 10th, Harris decided to look no further, and committed to the Aggies.
Sean graduated from Rocklin High School in Rocklin, CA as a 6-6 forward. He was named the team MVP his senior year averaging 16.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 2 blocks per game. He then moved to Yuba College leading his team to a 32-4 record while averaging 14.9 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. Harris was once again named team MVP, and was the runner up Bay Valley Conference Player of the Year as a freshman.
Since then, Harris has grown a couple of inches and is now listed at 6-8, 200lbs.
Parsing The WAC put up a good article on Harris with the following quote from his head coach at Yuba College, Doug Cornelius:
Sean hasn’t played in three years but is an extremely hardworking kid with a high motor. I call him a skilled four, someone skilled and strong who really runs the court. He has put on 15-20 pounds of muscle and is going to be a really hard matchup but first he needs to get his legs back.
In an interview with Aggieville’s Tony Jones, Cornelius had the following to say:
“He loves that Utah State is a top-25 team almost every year,” Cornelius told the Tribune. “He visited there, and he thought it was a great fit. He got along well with the guys and he loved it there. He’s a big forward, the ultimate four man. He’ll be about 220 pounds by the time he gets to Utah State. The fans there are going to love how hard he plays. He’s relentless.”
“I think he can be really successful there,” Cornelius said. “He can challenge for a starting spot right away. With his skill set and how hard he plays, he can be really good for them.”
With Brady Jardine graduating after this year a lot of playing time will become available down low for the 2012-13 season. It appears that Sean will be competing for time in the post with highly touted Oklahoma State transfer Jarred Shaw, Ben Clifford, Kyisean Reed, Igor Premasunac, and likely redshirt freshman Jordan Stone, none of which have yet to play a minute in an Aggie uniform. Shaw, Premasunac, and Stone will play more of a true center position while Clifford and Reed will most likely be Harris’s main competition for playing time at the power forward slot. It should be very interesting to see how it all shakes out next season. By this time next year, things will likely be much more clearly defined.
Here’s our updated roster for 2012-13 (with a few redshirt assumptions mixed in):
1 – Antonio Bumpus (Sr.)
2 – Kyisean Reed (Sr.)
3 – E.J. Farris (Sr.)
4 – Igor Premasunac (Sr.)
5 – Preston Medlin (Jr.)
6 – Mitch Bruneel (Jr.)
7 – Jarred Shaw (RS Jr.)
8 – Sean Harris (Jr.)
9 – Danny Berger (RS So.)
10 – Ben Clifford (So.)
11 – Steven Thornton (So.)
12 – Adam Thoseby (So.)
13 – Jordan Stone (RS Fr.)
14 – Marcel Davis (Fr.) (Verballed 6/19/10)
15 – Quincy Bair (Fr.) (Verballed 7/3/10)
16 – Riley Bradshaw (Fr.) (Verballed 4/28/11)
On Missions during 2012-13 season: David Collette, Casey Oliverson, Sam Orchard