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KU target Dajuan Harris continues summer surge at Peach Jam

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Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

The MOKAN Elite AAU program won the star-studded Peach Jam AAU tournament in Georgia over the weekend and a current KU target was one of the team’s stars.

Dajuan Harris, a 3-star point guard out of Columbia’s Rock Bridge High, who Rivals.com analysts have said is on the fast track to becoming a 4-star prospect when the next rankings come out, helped pace MOKAN Elite to the title.

True to his reputation, Harris did his damage with his athleticism and court vision, getting others involved whenever possible and looking to set up teammates with precision passes before trying to put the ball in the basket.

That, of course, is much easier to do when Peach Jam MVP N’Faly Dante (No. 9 in the 2020 class, per Rivals) and explosive wing Kennedy Chandler (No. 28 in the 2021 class, per Rivals) are among your options to pass to.

But, still, Harris was solid from start to finish in the biggest showcase event of the summer. He reached double figures in a couple of games, averaged well above eight assists per game for the tournament and nearly had a triple-double in one pool play victory, finishing with 13 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds.

Wrote 247 Sports recruiting analysts Evan Daniels, who broke down Harris’ emergence during pool play action: “It was a sensational performance on the biggest stage in grassroots.”

Daniels also caught up with Harris during the event to get an update on his surging recruitment, which includes a recent offer from KU, which Harris announced last week on Twitter.

“What I’m going to bring to the team and to the table is I’m going to defend and I’m going to try to get everybody wide open shots, and make the right plays and be a playmaker,” Harris told Daniels while breaking down his game. “A long time ago I used to play for this coach who always wanted me to score, but I didn’t really care about scoring. I liked to get everybody else open shots.”

Harris told Daniels that his recent recruitment, which has picked back up after he was granted a release from a previous commitment to Missouri State, has included Texas and Missouri, along with Missouri State and KU.

Rivals.com recruiting analyst Eric Bossi believes more suitors are coming, recently writing that Harris, currently ranked No. 136 in the 2020 class by Rivals, should expect “high-major offers to flood in during July.”

Harris does not currently have any official visits scheduled and there is no known timeline for his decision.

As for what caught Daniels’ eye, it was Harris’ command of the court from all positions that made him worth watching and writing about.

“The 6-foot-2 wiry lead guard impressed with his passing ability, vision and creativity off the dribble,” Daniels wrote. “He also excelled on the defensive end, where he made things difficult on Sharife Cooper, one of the best point guards in the country. … The pin-point passes off the live dribble and his decision making when he drove particularly stood out.”

Comments

Brad Avery 3 months ago

Watched Harris play in the Peach Jam championship. He would be a great fit for KU and Bill Self. He is well coached on the fundamentals of playing defense, plays with energy and intensity, has a great basketball IQ and knows how to get the ball to him teammates where they can score.

Mike Bennett 3 months ago

My question is, he's graduated from HS and has an offer from KU. Why is he wanting to go to a prep school? The only reason would be that he's not enamored with KU. KU hasn't gotten a single player out of Sunrise. Not sure the issue.

Steven Haag 3 months ago

Several theories as to why he may wait another year and go to a prep school 1. He wants to get offers from several big name schools, go on official visits to multiple schools and “feel the love” 2. He wants to get better and improve his stars and overall ranking. 3. He knows that KU has no shortage on point guards this year and wants to wait until Dotson leaves and gives him the opportunity to come in and start.

Or it could be none of the above

Robert Brock 3 months ago

It’s all three. He will choose KU and will fit in perfectly.

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