Harris basking in Lexington limelight (Basketball)

October 16, 2009
Ramon Harris

It’s hard to believe, but Anchorage’s Ramon Harris is already a senior at the University of Kentucky.

And although his time in Lexington has seemingly flown by, the 6-foot-7 swingman of West High fame has managed to leave his mark with one of the NCAA’s most celebrated basketball programs.

Harris has started 53 of 70 career games and is poised to eclipse the 300-point and 250-rebound marks, impressive numbers for a relatively unknown recruit just three years ago.

Now his name is being announced with the starters at Rupp Arena.

“It’s definitely a blessing, figuring out where you came from to where you are now,” Harris said during the team’s media day. “Just looking at the steps and what you have been through, it is definitely a blessing.”

Last season the Alaskan averaged a career-high 5.5 points and 3.8 rebounds per game, highlighted by a personal-high 16 points in the season opener against VMI.

Kentucky has a new coach in John Calipari, so there is no guarantee with playing time. Just because Harris has started 21 straight games doesn’t mean that trend will continue this season, even if he is a senior.

Still, he’s not sweating playing time.

“It’s going to be fine because the way that we play,” he said. “Coach Cal says that one guy can’t play the whole game. The way that our team is built, everyone is going to be able to play.”

The Wildcats hit the court today for the first official day of practice.

“I haven’t told the younger guys that much about Big Blue Madness because I feel like it’s an experience they have to get for themselves,” the Alaskan veteran said. “It’s something you always hear about when you come to college and us having one of the best fan traditions ever that is just going to make it better, and I don’t want to spoil it for them.”

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