Receiving offers is nothing new to Josiah Harris from Richmond Heights, Ohio.
The sophomore forward started receiving interest and offers before playing his first high school basketball game as a freshman. Since then, Harris (6’7″, 188) has officially been offered by Duquesne, Akron, Eastern Michigan, Cleveland State, Kent State and Youngstown State.
Harris received a call on Friday that changed his whole recruiting profile as he received his biggest offer to date, from Bob Huggins and the West Virginia Mountaineers.
“West Virginia has been recruiting me a lot this year,” Harris told West Sports Now. “We came to their Summer League with my high school team and I think I did pretty well and ever since then, they’ve been coming to our open gyms. Coach Huggins actually came to one too and I played really well that day. Because of that Summer League and open gyms, we’ve been able to build a good relationship. They also brought me down to a game this past season and I absolutely loved the atmosphere there.”
“West Virginia contacted my high school coach and asked him to have me call them so I did and they ended up offering me then. They said that they really like me as a person and as a player. Also, they liked how versatile I am as a player and how I grew over the past year as a player. They believe that I’d be a great addition to their program. During that call I had the chance to talk with Coach Huggins as well and he said that he wants to get me back up on campus as soon as this pandemic ends.”
With the interest they’ve shown him over the past year, Harris has been able to do some research on the Mountaineer program and because of that is excited about learning more and developing his relationship with the staff.
“I love the mindset about how West Virginia approaches games,” said Harris. “When I went to their game, they get so hyped and have so much energy. It’s crazy down there. West Virginia seems to coach really versatile players and I love their defensive mentality. Coach Huggs won’t ever allow them to slack on defense, which a lot of times, defense creates their offense. Coach Huggins is a legend, I just love everything about him.”
When asked about the improvements he’s made from his freshman thru his sophomore season, Harris mentioned his conditioning, stronger, ability to shoot from the outside and his ball-handling.
West Virginia was his first major offer but it won’t be his last as right now Harris is hearing from Maryland, Ohio State, Georgetown, Michigan, Texas A&M and Cincinnati.