Nick Harris commits to College of Charleston

The College of Charleston finished off its 2014 recruiting class in sizable fashion Wednesday night, getting a verbal commitment from St. Pius X High School center Nick Harris.

The Cougars had three scholarships to give this year and got verbal commitments from Harris along with forwards Evan Bailey (6-6) and Donovan Gilmore (6-7). Verbal commitments are non-binding. All three are scheduled to join the program next fall.

The 6-10 Harris said there was very little not to like about Charleston and the Cougars. St. Pius High School is located in Atlanta.

“The city is great, the facilities are great and I really got along with the coaching staff and all the players,” Harris said late Wednesday night via telephone. “Everything just seemed to click when I took my official visit. It’s a great fit for me. They made me feel like I was part of their family already.”

Harris picked the Cougars over Miami (Ohio), Western Carolina and Florida Gulf Coast.

“I think there are going to be a lot of bigger schools that are going to kick themselves in a couple of years,” said HoopSeen recruiting analyst Justin Young. “I think some of the major schools really missed out on Nick. His best basketball is ahead of him. I think the College of Charleston really got a steal. Nick has tremendous upside.”

St. Pius X head coach Aaron Parr said Harris’ versatility will make him a valuable asset for the Cougars over the next four years.

“He can play with his back to the basket, but he’s got a good mid-range jump shot,” Parr said. “He’s very good defensively, that’s the best part of his game right now, but he has a good jump hook in the post and he’s going to get better offensively. I think he’s going to fit in very well in Charleston.”

At 220 pounds, Harris will have to add some bulk to compete in the paint at the collegiate level.

“Nick understands he’s got to get bigger and stronger,” Parr said. “He’s in a good weight program now and he’ll be 230 to 235 pounds by the time he gets to Charleston.”

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