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Josiah Harris Graduates with Master’s Degree as Sophomore



WVU Monmouth Josiah Harris
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Josiah Harris, ex-WVU forward, graduated from West Virginia University on Sunday, earning a master’s degree in executive sport management as a sophomore. This marks Harris’ impressive journey as a student-athlete, first graduating with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies this past December.

Harris, 20, earned his associate’s degree as a high school junior and was able to get ahead of his academic schedule before coming to West Virginia.

The Canton, Ohio native now heads to Akron as the 6-foot-7 forward transfers with two years of playing eligibility remaining.

“I brought it up the other day with him, we were getting some food and I said something about classes and how things are going. Every time I talk to him it’s an incredible story on how he can graduate that quickly being a sophomore in college,” former WVU HC Josh Eilert said in October. “He looked at me and said, ‘they’re paying for it, why wouldn’t I take as many classes as I can?’ And you just don’t hear that from college athletes anymore. He’s taking advantage of what’s put in front of him. While someone is paying for it he’s going to take as many classes as possible and get the best possible education.”

“That’s a beautiful thing and that’s refreshing to hear in 2023. So I hope he comes out here with two really good degrees and maybe even an emphasis somewhere else,” Eilert added.

Harris averaged 5.0 points and 4.1 rebounds in 32 games for the Mountaineers this past season.



  1. Nazmo King

    May 13, 2024 at 4:53 pm

    I’m happy to hear he’s on a good path but I don’t really care about how many degrees he gets and of what variety. We don’t need to track his daily results at Akron either. Let’s focus on the new team at hand.

  2. Jackie Costello

    May 14, 2024 at 11:50 am

    Congrats to Josiah! It is wonderful when a young man plans for his future. I wish him all the luck in the world!

  3. Dave

    May 14, 2024 at 3:04 pm

    More college athletes should take note and follow in Josiah’s footsteps. Basketball or any sports only last a short part of your life. A good education would come in handy after it’s over.

  4. Regina Lough-Ryan

    May 14, 2024 at 6:49 pm

    I personally wish him the best and will miss watching him at WVU!

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