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July 27, 2014

"O" Expects UTEP To Make It To NCAA Tournament

Just like all great athletes, Omega Harris did not belong to just one sport. He excelled in every sport he participated in. Surprisingly enough, basketball was not on the top of his preferred sports when he was younger. But as time went on he quickly realized that basketball was the right sport for him.

When he began his basketball career in high school, it was obvious that he would become a very talented player. An increase in his height also became a huge advantage for him too. "I didn't hit any growth spurts until sophomore year."

By the time senior year began; he was averaging 18.5 points, 5 rebounds and 3.1 assists a game. He was a major factor in leading Putnam City West to the state title game thus earning him a spot in Oklahoma's Super 5 team. He also became runner up for 2014 player of the year in Oklahoma and is listed as 3-star prospect in the state.

When he wasn't winning basketball games, Harris would either be practicing in the gym or spending time with his family; his mother Yolanda, his brother Asah and his grandmother Caroline. "My family and I would go to my grandma's to eat, talk or play games." His grandmother also taught him how to cook when he was growing up which will come in great use now that he is living on his own.

Basketball was also something he chose to do to prevent him from getting into any trouble. He knew he needed to focus and basketball became an important factor in achieving that for him. As a result of his hard work and dedication Harris was given opportunities to continue playing the game he loves by nine different colleges.

When he finally decided on a university to go to, he chose El Paso as his new home because he knew it would be a great fit for him. UTEP was the only university he had an official visit with and he knew right away he wanted to become a Miner. "I went on a lot of unofficial visits, but when I came here I was more comfortable. I felt like I was at home."

Right now, Harris has been living in El Paso for over a month and plans on studying Psychology. "It's wonderful here; it's just really hot other than that I think it's a cool place to live." He is currently spending time with his teammates, going to the gym and putting his cooking lessons to a test. If he's not at his dorm, he can easily be found practicing at the gym.

It's apparent that Harris is very excited for the upcoming basketball season and playing for Tim Floyd. "It will be a cool experience playing for him. I expect to win games and go to the tournament."



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