NCB On The Trail: Malek Harris

Recruiting has quieted down a bit since the end of the early signing period and the start of the high school and college seasons, but there are plenty of teams still looking for players. Where will these schools find them?

Available players

The most obvious route is the remaining uncommitted players in the 2015 class. We’ve gone over the top 100 players countless times, and while there aren’t too many of that caliber still on the board, that’s the straight-forward option for teams still in need. The premier programs in the country are gunning for the Jaylen Browns, Diamond Stones and Ivan Rabbs of the world, but lower-tier high-major programs and mid-major programs have to keep their eyes out. They’re looking outside the top 100 and will also be on the prowl for players set to emerge during their senior seasons.

As those borderline high-major prospects continue to wait to commit to a school, though, they see their recruitment rise significantly. And therein lies the danger for schools: The talent pool among seniors dries out, schools still need players -- and desperation kicks in. That’s when you’ll see programs reaching for players, just to fill a void or get a body on the roster. For new coaches taking over programs, it’s a necessary evil; they simply need guys. But in some cases, it’s better to hold onto a scholarship for next year instead of reaching for a guy who won’t cut it at the high-major or mid-major level and will therefore transfer or take up a scholarship for four years.

ESPN 100 SG Cohen picks Marquette

July, 27, 2013
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ESPN 100 shooting guard Sandy Cohen (Green Bay, Wis./Seymour) put an end to his recruitment on Saturday when he verbally committed to Marquette, ESPN.com has confirmed.

The 6-foot-6 Cohen is currently ranked No. 70 overall and No. 14 at his position in the Class of 2014. He chose the Golden Eagles over offers from Creighton, George Washington, La Salle, Minnesota and Memphis.

Cohen joins four-star power forward Malek Harris (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) in head coach Buzz Williams' 2014 class.

Notebook: ESPN 100 recruiting updates 

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This week’s Friday recruiting notebook is chock full of updates on ESPN 100 prospects, including commitments for Florida and Louisville, a visitor for Michigan State, what’s next for North Carolina, who NC State is targeting and why No. 10 recruit Myles Turner continues to improve his stock.

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Four-star combo forward Malek Harris (Orland Park, Ill./Carl Sandburg) committed to Marquette on Wednesday over offers from the likes of DePaul, Illinois State, Iowa, Kansas State, Miami (Ohio), Purdue, Oregon State and St. Louis to give the Golden Eagles their first 2014 pledge.

"I always had a gut feeling about Marquette, I just wanted to give other schools an opportunity to recruit me,” Harris said. “Once they offered, they made me a priority. I love coach Buzz [Williams] and I think I fit in with everything they do and I could really see myself there. They have a lot of guys on the team that are just like me. It just was a good fit in every way."

Harris is indeed a great fit at Marquette. So what is the strength of his game and what will he bring to the Golden Eagles?

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Marquette lands four-star forward 

June, 26, 2013
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Power forward Malek Harris (Orland Park, Ill./Carl Sandburg) verbally committed to Marquette on Wednesday, ESPN.com has confirmed.

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There are always tough omissions when compiling any list, and more so when it’s a list of the top hoops prospects in the country. Our staff agonized over several players in deliberations for the Class of 2014’s ESPN 100 rankings, which we released today, and several quality players just fell short of making the list. Here’s a look at 12 fringe top 100 guys, keeping in mind some of them may eventually sneak in the next edition of the rankings or at some point before the end of their senior year.

Note: Schools involved is a combination of programs that have offered and others with interest in that particular recruit.

Tre Campbell (D.C./St. John’s College)
PG, 6-2, 160
Committed to Georgetown

Dishing out assists is this future Hoya's calling card. He is stellar at penetrating and kicking, attacking defenders in transition and knowing when to call his own number in the half-court set.

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