When you rewind nearly a year ago, Phenom Hoops introduced many to the name of 2024 Jayden Harris who was, at that time, playing with West Rowan at Catawba’s Summer Team Camp. At that point, we had this to say about his game:

“Harris is one that has earned some early traction with his play for Team Wall but should quickly rise up the rankings for his class and become an even bigger name throughout the state.  He has a 6’4 frame and already shows that he isn’t afraid of the bright lights or the big shots; in fact, he embraces it.  He excels from the outside early on, really being a big threat with his shot-making from the perimeter but also uses his length to his advantage in attacking and finishing over or around defenders.  He shows the early glimpses of being able to really take over a game and be that go-to leader for a younger squad.”

Link: https://phenomhoopreport.com/markdown-the-young-talent-at-west-rowan-as-ones-to-watch/

Fast forward to today, things have greatly changed for the 6’5 guard now at Salisbury.  Harris has seen his recruitment take off, first earning an offer back in 2021 from Western Carolina but has added now Radford, USF, Hampton, Texas A&M, College of Charleston, Siena, Ohio, North Carolina A&T, Houston, Tennessee, and VCU since then.  And we have a good feeling that it isn’t going to slow down, as he has really embraced the uptick so far.

“It has been a great experience from coming into the summer with two offers to now having 12 offers coming into the start of July; I’ve been soaking it in well.”

So what have the coaches been saying to him about what they like about his game?

“That I’m an all-around player, great shooter, good ball-handler, and good on the defensive end.” 

Right now, those are the schools that have officially offered, but Harris also mentioned that schools like Appalachian State, Mississippi State, and Temple are just a few others showing strong interest his way as well.

And Harris isn’t wasting any time in finding out more about schools, as he already has visits set up to Tennessee, NC State, and Richmond.

“I’m visiting Tennessee Monday (June 27), NC State on Tuesday (June 28), and Richmond on Wednesday (June 29).  (I’m looking for) how the practices run, how hard the coaching staff pushes the players, the surroundings of the campus, and how the campus itself looks.”