October 8, 2013

Oklahoma standout point guard Omega Harris chooses UTEP

It didn't take much begging, pleading, or arm twisting for Tim Floyd and UTEP to land one of Oklahoma's best players for the Class of 2014. Omega Harris is a three star point guard from Putnam City West High School in Warr Acre, Oklahoma.

Harris made his official visit to UTEP on September 27th and gave the Miners a commitment on the 28th. He chose UTEP over Fresno State, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Tulsa, and Wichita State.

Miner Illustrated caught up with Harris, and he told us how UTEP entered the picture:

"I was playing with the Oklahoma Explosion and one of my coaches, Jessie Brown, he knew one of the coaches at UTEP and told them he had a player and they came to my school one day. I didn't know they were coming. After seeing me they liked me and they offered me, it was coach DeWeese, then coach Floyd came the next day."

Harris gelled with the team and is excited to call the sun city home next year:

"During my last night there, they took me around the city. They just showed me around what I'm gonna be around, the type of people I'm gonna see, the types of things I can do"

Harris also tells us he felt 'at home' in El Paso.

The 6'3" 185 pound senior has racked up the accolades in Oklahoma. Harris was defensive player of the year two years in a row. He has been named all conference twice and led the state of Oklahoma in assists as a freshman.

Harris has played plenty of combo guard in high school but will strictly play the point for Tim Floyd. He prides himself on his defense. That will endear him to the Miner faithful very quickly. He also tells us he has a solid handle and sound jumpshot.

Harris is UTEP's second commitment for the class of 2014. Shooting guard Trey Touchet from Lafayette, Louisiana committed on September 17th.

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