The official visit to Missouri apparently went pretty well for top-100 point guard Blake Harris. Harris, who originally committed to Washington to play alongside Michael Porter Jr. will join the nation’s top player next season at Missouri.
Harris announced his commitment on his Twitter and Instagram social media accounts Sunday afternoon.
— Blake Harris (@blizzyblake55_) April 9, 2017
The point guard joins Porter Jr. and C.J. Roberts in this years 2017 class, which ranks 16th according to 247sports.com. That’s subject to change depending on the decisions of Kevin Knox, Jeremiah Tilmon, and Mark Smith, all who could still land at Missouri.
If the Tigers were able to land all three of those players, their class could rank as high as second in the nation, trailing only Kentucky.
Harris’ commitment after just one visit is somewhat surprising as he still had planned visits to Michigan State, Connecticut, and Rutgers over the next couple of weeks. Missouri recruited Harris hard following his de-commitment from Washington and head coach Cuonzo Martin made his visit to Columbia, Mo. count.
Before he committed to Missouri, Michigan State appeared to be the favorite to land Harris, who is fond of head coach Tom Izzo. 247sports.com had Harris’ crystal ball as high as 80 percent favoring the Spartans, while only 10 percent favoring the Tigers.
Knox and Harris both appeared to enjoy their visit, posing in Missouri uniforms on both Harris and Porter Jr.’s social media accounts. Knox told Scout.com’s Evan Daniels ahead of the Nike Hoops Summit, he would likely make his college decision closer to the end of April.
Regarding scholarships, with Harris’ commitment Missouri has two open scholarships to give now that Frankie Hughes and K.J. Walton are no longer with the program. In a perfect scenario, those two scholarships will go to Knox and Tilmon, but Smith is also still in the mix.
With five guards on the roster currently (guys could still leave), Smith isn’t as much of a priority right now as Tilmon and Knox, who both add much needed size to Missouri’s interior and wing.
Harris has the potential to start right away, although I’d still give Terrence Phillips the edge to start the season. Martin has options at the guard position, but these two guys should see the bulk of the minutes at point guard.