Junior * Milford * boys basketball
THE WEEK: Tallied 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in an 85-50 victory over Dover last Tuesday. He had 21 points and 10 rebounds in a 67-59 win over Seaford on Thursday.
VERSATILE GAME: Opposing teams don’t know which player they’ll see when facing Harris, who plays both guard positions and averages 18 points a game. “It does [help me] because it means I can bring the ball up and I can put one in the air if needed,” Harris said.
THE TURNAROUND: Milford got its season started by losing six straight by a combined 23 points. But the Buccaneers (4-6 overall, 2-3 Henlopen Conference North) have won four straight games heading into tonight’s matchup. They host Smyrna at 6:15 in a Northern Division game.
TEAM PLAYER: Harris said the Buccaneers are more than happy to spread the wealth, which has helped the team turn its fortunes around. “On this team there’s not really a star player,” Harris said. “Everybody has a good game. It just so happens that I’ve been doing my thing a little bit more right now.
“This team never really says no,” he added. “I have a lot of faith in these guys. I just wanted to be one of those kids that says, ‘I made it,’ and start a path for the kids that are coming behind me. During the year I was a little edgy, but I think I’ve dealt a little bit better toward school and athletics.”
THE COACH SAYS: “Early on in the year [Harris] wasn’t ready to be a leader,” Milford coach B.J. Joseph said. “We had four guys flunk off, and then we were 0-6 because he hadn’t learned how to be a leader and was the only returning starter back. Recently, he’s learned how to do that, and that’s why we’re on a four-game winning streak now. … He’s really stepping up and getting other people involved.”
ONE SCARY SQUAD: The Buccaneers still have seven Henlopen North games remaining in a division that seems to be extremely balanced. “I believe that we have a big chance,” Harris said. “If you ask any team in the conference, they’ll say we’re a scary team right now. Even though our record isn’t what it should be, we’re a scary team right now.”
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT: Harris isn’t one to rest on his laurels. “There’s always time to grow,” he said. “Even for a player that reaches the pros, there’s always time to grow.”
THE CLASSROOM: Harris just laughs and says he figures mathematics courses are his favorites. “I like money,” he said. “You’ve got to know math to count money.”
THE FUTURE: It’s still early for Harris, who hopes some colleges come calling with scholarship offers. “I want to go to college,” he said. “Of course everybody’s dream in basketball is to make it to the pros, but if I don’t make it that far, I at least want to go overseas [to play basketball] or maybe get a major in business and start my own business.”
— Mike Finney