Nebraska added a key piece to its 2018 recruiting class on Thursday with the commitment of Amir Harris, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound guard from St. James School in Hagerstown, Maryland.
Harris joins Platteview (Nebraska) big man Brady Heiman and Montverde Academy (Florida) wing as well as Robert Morris sit-out transfer Dachon Burke in Nebraska’s 2018 class. The Huskers had a point guard committed in Xavier Johnson from Bishop O’Connell (Virginia) but he decommitted on April 13 following the departure of assistant coach Kenya Hunter.
The Huskers offered Harris on April 17. He took official visits to Nebraska on May 1 and Auburn on May 4 before choosing the Huskers on Thursday.
Harris’ size and length are rare at the point guard position and he has the vision and creativity as a passer to get all of his teammates easy looks. He excels at getting into the paint and can finish above the rim with ease. Defensively, his length, athleticism and anticipation make him a disruptive force both at the point of attack and in help defense.
Harris averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 assists, 6.7 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game as a senior at Hagerstown as the Saints went 19-10. His size and versatility make him a strong fit to play alongside either of Glynn Watson Jr. or Thomas Allen and he could push for immediate playing time with the departure of senior guards Evan Taylor and Anton Gill.
Harris’ commitment leaves the Huskers with one open scholarship for 2018-19. James Palmer Jr. and Isaac Copeland are both testing the NBA waters, but Coach Tim Miles said on Monday that it’s “more likely they come back than they go.”
Jacob is in his third year with Hail Varsity covering Husker athletics. He has also written extensively for SB Nation’s Bright Side of the Sun and The Creightonian. His love of basketball can best be described as an obsession and if you need to find him, he’s probably in a gym somewhere watching, coaching or playing hoops.