Seton Hall added a third member to their 2013 recruiting class today by nabbing a commitment from 6-foot-1 junior college guard Hakeem Harris of Connors State College, Oklahoma. Harris is expected to sign with Seton Hall sometime next week.
Hakeem's path to Seton Hall is an interesting one. He committed to Columbia before decommitting and pledging to Brown in the spring of 2010 while playing at Blair Academy (N.J.). However, Hakeem left Brown mid-season after failing to play due to injury. Harris then played at Broward CC (Fla.) before finally ending up at Connors State College (Okla.) for the 2012-13 season. Hakeem averaged 12.4 ppg, 4 rpg, 3.4 apg and shot 54-145 (37.2%) from 3pt last campaign, fitting the Willard mold nicely. He was not in JucoRecruiting.com's 2013 Top 100 Player Rankings.
Harris had interest from Georgia Tech, Washington State, UCLA and Arkansas.
What SOJ thinks: Although he is not a highly rated player, Hakeem Harris will fill an important role for Seton Hall. He will bring maturity to a young backcourt tandem of Sterling Gibbs and Jaren Sina. He also adds depth at both guard positions, something Seton Hall desperately needs right now.
Harris will be additional Jersey flavor to a Seton Hall roster that already includes 6 scholarship players originally from New Jersey. Hakeem's CSC athletics profile lists his hometown as Bergenfield, New Jersey. He joins Jaren Sina and junior college wing Stephane Manga as part of Seton Hall's 2013 recruiting class.
Harris must also be very intelligent if he was being recruiting by Columbia and enrolled at Brown, so his grades shouldn't be an issue.
Connors State College has also sent Harris' teammates Josh Cameron and Denell Henderson to Coastal Carolina and Oral Roberts, respectively.
An updated scholarship table:
|Name||Class (2013-14 season)||Position||Note:|
|Eugene Teague||SR||C||Transfer from SIU|
|Brian Oliver||SR||SG||Transfer from Georgia Tech|
|Patrik Auda||JR(RS)||PF||Expected to receive medical redshirt for '12-'13 season|
|Sterling Gibbs||SO||PG||Transfer from Texas|
|Tom Maayan||SO||PG||**Expected to return to Israel**|