Harris hoopin’ so well in 8th season he foresees playing longer
The NBA G League veteran is back on the international scene and playing significant minutes for Kolossos in the country’s first division.
He’s the only player on his pro team to average at least 8 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal per game. He ranks second on the team with 27.8 minutes.
“Things are going well over here,” he told me. “I like it because the competition is good as we have two Euroleague teams and three Champions League teams in our league.”
Harris, of West High fame, is playing so well in his eighth pro season that he can foresee lacing ‘em up for a few more years.
“Really, the love of the game has kept me doing whatever I need to do to stay in shape,” he said.
The 6-foot-7 small forward has dropped 20 pounds since arriving in Greece, which allowed him to better develop his game.
His feet are a little quicker, his movement a little smoother.
“I believe that I am a better player now than I was in the past,” he said. “I feel that I have developed more on the offensive end and losing that weight has helped me to be a better defender.”
Harris has already enjoyed a storybook career for an Alaska basketball player.
He won four state titles in high school [1 Bartlett, 3 West]. Played four seasons at Kentucky. Scored a career-high 48 points in China. Won a G League title.
Now he’s doing his thing in Greece and doesn’t see it stopping any time soon.
“I am 29 right now and I haven’t thought about how long I’m going to play,” Harris said. “I still feel young and taking it one day at a time trying to maximize this opportunity that God has blessed me with right now.”