A player that Keith Dambrot and assistant coach Charles Thomas have recruited heavily over the last year was in town over the weekend.
Class of 2020 three-star forward Andre Harris (6-foot-7, 235 pounds) from Hillcrest Prep in Phoenix, Arizona made his official visit to Duquesne this weekend. This visits one that he recently made to Washington State. Along with those two schools, Harris also holds offers from Georgetown, New Mexico, TCU and Montana.
Before he flew back to Arizona, Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with Harris on Monday to get his initial thoughts of his first extended weekend in Pittsburgh.
“Things that stood out to me were the buildings in the city and how everything is so close together,” said Harris. “Arizona doesn’t have a lot of big buildings or huge buildings like here. I really like how campus was close to the city. Most of the schools that are recruiting me have that but it’s a different feeling here at Duquesne.”
What about the basketball aspects with Duquesne?
“Coach Dambrot is a great coach and I love him. He shows me if not the most love pretty close to it, which is something I’ve never gotten from a coach like that and I really respect him from that point. Coach Dambrot and Coach Charles and his twin brother have been recruiting me and on me since I was very young years back. They were the first to see my talent and see what I can do from when I was young.
“They’ve always kept it real with me, good or bad. They’ve always told me the truth and I feel like for a player if coaches recruiting you are only telling you what you’re doing good than that’s not going to be a great situation for you. Coach Dambrot keeps it real with me and has been really with me for a long time and could’ve given up on me but he hasn’t and I really respect that.”
As far as his skillset on the court, Harris does things that not a lot of players on the current Duquesne can do in terms of his physicality, touch from inside and ability and willingness to distribute the basketball.
“The main things that Coach Dambrot likes about me is that I’m unselfish and I love to pass the ball,” said Harris. “Coach Dambrot says that they have a whole lot of young players that can score and are unselfish and that’s what he’s looking to add to the current team.”
Harris was joined on this trip by his parents and they all plan to discuss the pros and cons of the visit when they return home to Arizona. After that, he plans on making a couple more visits likely to New Mexico and Georgetown.