Missouri’s 6’3 freshman PG, Blake Harris (a former 4-star) has put in his transfer and was granted his release earlier today.
Missouri freshman guard Blake Harris told ESPN he has received his release and will transfer elsewhere. Heralded recruit out of Chapel Hill.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) January 5, 2018
Harris is from Chapel Hill, NC and went to Word of God Academy in Raleigh. If you remember, we reported that Harris visited NC State in March before committing to Missouri in April.
Actually, Harris was only looking around because he had decommitted from Washington after their coaching change. It’s likely that he followed Michael Porter Jr (also a former Washington commit) to Missouri and wasn’t really set that decision in the first place.
So, where will he end up? At this point, there really isn’t any concrete talk about Harris to NC State (or any other school for that matter), but there is talk that he would like to be closer to home.
Missouri freshman guard Blake Harris says that he has received his release and will transfer elsewhere. Harris prefers to go closer to home in North Carolina, but wouldn’t rule out anyone.
— SWM (@sportswm) January 5, 2018
I think Wolfpack fans would be wise to keep track of this over the next week or so.
Harris was highly recruited, both before his Washington commitment and after he reneged (prior to selecting Mizzou). He held offers from NC State, Michigan State, UConn, Cincy, Clemson, Memphis, LSU, Wake Forest, VT and many more. So obviously, all those schools are likely back in play.
Also note that Harris is good friends with NC State commit Ian Steere, who tweeted this today.
Best of luck to my bro @blizzyblake55_ wherever he goes ????????
— Ian Steere (@notorious21_) January 5, 2018
Harris was averaging 3.8 points and 3 assists in 13 minutes per game. He shot 40% from the floor, but did not connect on any of his seven 3pt attempts.
Harris actually has a good shot, so I’m surprised to see he hasn’t hit a single 3 this season. However, 40% from the floor isn’t a bad number for a freshman PG. His assist total is where he shines. It may not look like much, but 3 assist per game is pretty good when you take into account he was only getting 13 minutes per game. If you break that down, Harris is averaging .23 assist per minute. For comparison, Markell Johnson was averaging .24 assists per minute and he was leading the ACC in ‘Assist Rate.’
Check out Harris’ Missouri highlight reel. He’s a big guard with good vision, good size, athleticism and a nice stroke. All things Keatts looks for in a PG.
And his reel from HS.
Rivals: “Stars Aligning for NC State to Land Hall & Moore”
Corey Evans, National Basketball Analyst over at Rivals.com, believes that the stars are aligning for NC State to land Moravian Prep teammates 5-Star Forward Josh Hall and 3-Star Guard Shakeel Moore.
Keep an eye on Josh Hall, because the five-star could be nearing his commitment. Alabama, DePaul and Louisville remain involved, but NC State has the greatest chance of landing Hall. The Wolfpack have invested a whole lot into his recruitment but, if there is one program to keep an eye on it is DePaul, which was the final program to host him for an official visit two weeks ago.
5-Star F Josh Hall to Make Decision in Next 2 Weeks
The recruiting experts of the world think 5-Star Forward Josh Hall (6’9″/190) is currently an NC State lean, and news broke today that he will make his college decision in the next two weeks, instead of waiting until the Spring, which was the original plan.
Source: Top 50 recruit Josh Hall plans to make his college choice "in about two weeks." Recently visited N.C. State, and will visit DePaul on Sunday. LSU and Pittsburgh are still finalizing visit dates. Louisville has had him on campus for an official.
— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) October 24, 2019
In a best case scenario, Hall chooses not to take any more visits, and verbally commits to NC State.
It would seem that after his two Official Visits, Hall is leaning toward the Wolfpack (this past weekend) over Louisville (1st weekend of September). I could be wrong, but it would be hard for me to believe that DePaul would sway him, but Will Wade (LSU) and Jeff Capel (Pitt) could be persuasive.
Rivals ranks Hall as the #25 player overall nationally in the 2020 recruiting class, and 247Sports ranks him as the #2 player in the state of North Carolina. Hall plays for Moravian Academy in Hickory.
NC State Looking like the Leader for 5-Star F Josh Hall
5-Star Forward Josh Hall (6’9″/190) took an Official Visit to NC State this past weekend, and it looks like the recruiting experts at Rivals and 247Sports believe that the Wolfpack have taken the edge in his recruitment.
NC State official visit 🐺❤️ ! talk to me 😬 pic.twitter.com/xQCFWq3JiV
— Josh Hall (@jay5mula) October 19, 2019
3 FutureCast votes have been submitted over at Rivals, with all of them pointing towards Hall running with the Pack.
All three of these guys have an accuracy rate above 85%.
At 247Sports, all 3 Crystal Ball Predictions are in the Pack’s favor.
Meyers and Evans are two of the biggest names in the recruiting world.
The only other Official Visit that Hall has taken was to Louisville the first week of September. Hall had plans to make his commitment in the Spring, but with all of the buzz this week, you have to wonder if Keatts and 4-Star NC State Point Guard commit Cam Hayes convinced him otherwise.
Rivals ranks Hall as the #25 player overall nationally in the 2020 recruiting class, and 247Sports ranks him as the #2 player in the state of North Carolina.
5-Star SG Matthew Cleveland Visiting NC State this Weekend
5-Star 2021 Shooting Guard Matthew Cleveland (6’6″/190) will be taking an unofficial visit to NC State this weekend.
After visits to #Cal and #Stanford yesterday, 4-star 2021 wing Matthew Cleveland (@MCleveland35) will be at #GeorgiaTech today. He also plans to visit #NCState this weekend. #Arizona, #Kansas, #Kentucky, #UNC and #Texas have shown interest recently. pic.twitter.com/RT2wi7K9f1
— Dan McDonald (@DMcDonaldRivals) October 15, 2019
Primetime with the Pack is on Friday night in Reynolds Coliseum, with the NC State Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams.
247Sports ranks Cleveland as the #21 overall player in the 2021 recruiting class, the #3 shooting guard, and the #2 player in the state of Georgia.
Cleveland plays for Pace Academy in Alpharetta.
NC State offered Cleveland on September 23rd.
Cleveland also holds offers from Arkansas, Auburn, California, Clemson, Florida, FSU, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Kansas State, Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Missouri, Oklahoma, Stanford, TCU, Vanderbilt, Xavier, Seton Hall, VCU and others.
He has recently taken unofficial visits to Stanford and Georgia Tech.
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