May 6, 2012

Iowa offers 2014 forward

With college coaches hitting the road for the newly reinstated April evaluation period, there were more than a few high school basketball players that would emerge as hot prospects on the AAU circuit. Coach Fran McCaffery and his staff jumped on board with one of those hot prospects in the Class of 2014 this past week with an offer to forward Malek Harris.

"Iowa offered this past week and he already holds and offer from DePaul," said his AAU coach with the Illinois Wolves, Mike Mullins. "He and our entire front line from his team are getting a lot of high major interest."

Harris is also hearing from Purdue, Indiana, Louisville, and Nebraska at this point and that list could continue to grow this spring and summer.

Mullins says the 6-foot-7 forward from Orland Park, IL is a highly skilled prospect with a lot of potential.

"He's a really special kid. He's 6-foot-7 and has a great frame and a very high motor. He's been really productive for us in his first year with our program," he said.

What separates Harris from many players is his skill set. He already has a very solid game around the basket and has expanded his game to the outside with an ability to knock down jump shots and get to the basket off the dribble.
"He can play inside out and outside in. He can score around the basket and he can face you up and score or take you off the dribble and score."

One other attribute that Harris has is on the defensive end of the floor where he can guard multiple positions on the floor.

"He's a very versatile defender," Mullins said. "He can guard the three, four, or five position on the floor. He can go outside and guard people and he can go into the post and guard very well. He is also a very good rebounder."

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