Harris: ‘I just want an opportunity’ (Basketball)

October 25, 2010
Ramon Harris

For the first time since he was a little dribbler, Ramon Harris of Anchorage isn’t playing organized basketball.

But he hopes that changes soon.

The former University of Kentucky starter recently worked out with the Houston Rockets with hopes of landing a spot with the NBA organization’s D-League team.

“I think it went real well,” he told Kentucky blogger Larry Vaught. “I am not really sure yet what might come of it. I’ve been told I really impressed the people in the front office. I am just trying to get the opportunity to show what I have.”

The D-League draft is coming up. After that, teams will be looking to fill out roster spots.

Until then, it’s a waiting game.

“I just want the opportunity to play,” he said.

Harris, of West High fame, was the 2006 Alaska Player of the Year before going to Kentucky, where he played for three coaches in four years.

The 6-foot-5 forward started 55 of 106 career games, scoring 358 points and grabbing 201 rebounds. He was known for his muscle and hustle more than his scoring touch.

After his final college game, Harris hit the road. He worked out for NBA teams in Dallas and Washington, D.C. before going to Houston.

The 22-year-old Alaskan said he played his best in Houston.

“I think I showed them I was able to handle the ball a little better than they thought as well as shoot the ball better. I got to show my all-around game, something that I didn’t always get to do at Kentucky.”

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