Blake Harris has signed a financial aid agreement with Missouri, the school announced Thursday, making him the third men’s basketball player to sign with the program for its 2017 recruiting class.
“We’re excited to welcome Blake Harris to the Mizzou basketball family,” Coach Cuonzo Martin said in a press release. “His parents, Kellie and Bernardo Harris, did a great job raising a young man who understands the values of life, not just basketball. Blake’s attributes on the basketball court, working hard and never quitting, will be what make him an overall outstanding representative of our program.”
Harris, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound point guard, averaged 25.0 points and 9.9 assists in his senior season at Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, N.C. ESPN rated Harris as North Carolina’s third-best prospect, and he was a first-team all-state selection by the Associated Press.
“Throughout the recruiting process, Blake had his pick of schools he would likely thrive at as a student-athlete, but he chose the University of Missouri because of that unique feeling he discovered on our campus,” Martin said. “There is a level of excitement building here in Columbia that will be fun for everyone to be a part of, especially Blake, who will be a great member of our team.”
Harris committed to Washington on July 12 and signed with the Huskies on Nov. 9. He was released from his letter of intent on March 21 after Washington fired Coach Lorenzo Romar, who recruited Harris.
Michael Porter Jr., who signed a financial aid agreement with Missouri on Wednesday, quickly made an effort to bring Harris with him to Columbia. Harris visited MU with Porter and fellow 2017 target Kevin Knox last weekend and announced he was committing to the Tigers on Sunday.
“Mizzou’s coaching staff made me feel like I was already a part of their family,” Harris said. “They are men of God, which I appreciate. It isn’t all about basketball with Coach Martin and his staff. Making sure I am doing well in all aspects of my life seemed what mattered most to them, which I respected. On the court and for the Mizzou program, I plan to be a winner. I like to lead by example and get the best out of my teammates.
“Mizzou has the best fan base I’ve ever seen. My visit to campus was incredible. The whole place was putting off really great vibes and I’m just really excited to be a part of that.”
Harris is the fourth player with point guard experience to join Missouri’s roster. The Tigers return Terrence Phillips and Jordan Geist, and 2017 signee C.J. Roberts’ primary position was point guard at Richland High School in North Richland Hills, Texas.
With Harris, Porter and Roberts signed, Missouri has two scholarships remaining for the Class of 2017.