With one scholarship still available in the 2012 class the Wisconsin
basketball coaches have turned their focus on to Eron Harris
, a 6-foot-2 guard from Indianapolis. Harris has been one of the fastest rising prospects this past month during the July evaluation period, a big reason Wisconsin came through with an offer late Tuesday night.
"I felt like I've always been playing good basketball. But I feel I've stepped up my game this summer," Harris told Badger Nation. "It just seems now different coaches are starting to take notice of my game."
It's pretty evident that the Wisconsin basketball coaches have serious interest in Harris, as the Badgers offer comes on the heels of Harris picking up recent offers from Buffalo, Dayton, Kent State and Georgia State.
"They've been at every game of mine this past month all three assistants have seen me play, as well as coach Bo Ryan," Harris said. "Lamont Paris was the latest one to watch me play in the Best Buy Summer Classic in Minneapolis this past weekend."
Harris and his AAU team the Indiana Elite will be competing in the Super 64 Tournament in Las Vegas on July 24 thru July 26. Wisconsin coaches are expected to be in attendance at that event, as well.
Although Wisconsin has just started to recruit Harris over this past month, the coaches have been in constant contact with him and are still just forming a relationship.
"I've spoken with them on the phone a lot this month," said Harris, who is planning his first visit to Wisconsin for the Badgers' season-opening football game. "Coach Ryan has talked to my father, AAU coach and high school coach. When I spoke with Coach Ryan, we discussed that he wants me to come to Wisconsin because they enjoy the way I play the game and they told me they have only one more scholarship to give. I have a pretty good relationship so far with the Wisconsin coaches. It's definitely a growing relationship and its getting better with each phone call."
In addition to his new offers, Harris holds offers from IPFW, Evansville, SIU-Edwardsville and Tennessee Tech.
"New Mexico, Xavier, Kent State, and IPFW have been in contact with me as well but Wisconsin and Dayton have recruited me the hardest so far this month," Harris said. "Wisconsin is definitely in my top two along with Dayton."
Harris as a junior at Lawrence North High School averaged 13 points a game and scored a season-high 32 points against Pike High School.
"I'm an all around player but I've been working on my ball handling skills this summer," Harris said. "I can drive and shoot the ball. But like my dribbling I'm trying to improve my consistency of my shot. I've been a streaky shooter through my basketball career so far but it would be great if I became a more consistent shooter. I'm trying to improve my game each day."
With Harris having constant contact with the Wisconsin coaches and him having talks with his AAU coach about Wisconsin, he was bound to learn something he didn't already know about the Badgers.
"Being from Indiana I knew Wisconsin had a good basketball program, but I've heard from my AAU coach that Wisconsin has a really nice campus," Harris said. "He also was telling me to get a degree from Wisconsin would be like getting a degree from an Ivy league school. That was impressive to hear."
Four-star recruit Sam Dekker is the only verbal commit in Wisconsin's 2012 recruiting class.
Although he was on a hot streak by picking up mid-major offers, Indianapolis guard Eron Harris picked up his biggest offer on Tuesday night, as Bo Ryan extended the second-known 2012 scholarship offer to him.