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Anthony Harris Commits to the Hokies, opening Class of 2019

The Hokies Men’s Basketball Team earned a commitment earlier today with a verbal from Anthony Harris, a combo guard from Fairfax, Virginia.

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Well, here I am doing a basketball article. Must be a really unique circumstance, and hey, it is- please welcome the first commitment to the Class of 2019, combo guard Anthony Harris. Harris has been a longtime target of the staff, and he’s also a Virginian. Coming from Paul VI Catholic High School up here in Fairfax, Harris is yet another defense-first combo guard that Buzz Williams loves to inject into his system, though his three point shot has apparently been increasing in effectiveness.

Harris is a highly-rated player by any stretch. 247 has him rated as a 95 (59th nationally, 9th Combo Guard, 4th in Virginia), Rivals has him as a 4-star (69th nationally, 9th Point Guard, no state ranking), and ESPN has him as an 84 4-Star (74th nationally, 14th Shooting Guard, 2nd State). So again, this is a good pickup. His other offers included Florida, UConn, Wake Forest, Boston College, Cincinnati, Florida State, Georgetown, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Miami, Ohio State, and West Virginia. There was some inkling that Duke had offered, but that is not the case.

Now, I’m not super used to this, but let’s go to the tape.

Anthony Harris (Fairfax, VA. 6’-3”, 180lbs. Combo Guard)

There’s not a ton of defensive tape on the highlights, but there’s some, and it’s pretty solid- it’ll be interesting to see if he’ll gamble on steals as much in college as he seems to in highlights. He’s got a good form on his jumpshot, and even If it’s not AMAZING, it’s not at all broken. Harris features a really good mix of hesitation and shimmy moves as he attacks the basket, and his handle is probably at the least solid. I’m currently most excited- of what I see at least- for his passing skills. He’s really good identifying open people and mismatches on the court, even firing passes over or through traffic to the open man. Harris flashes a useful amount of speed, too. Personally, I think you’re looking at the eventual replacement for Justin Robinson depending on Wabissa Bede’s development.

Welcome to the Hokies, Anthony!