Three Rivers added another guard to its roster.
The Raiders recently signed 6-foot-5-inch Brahm Harris out of Maumelle, Arkansas.
Harris was drawn to the tradition of the program.
“I liked how the coaches approached me,” Harris said. “They have a good background sending players DI. That’s my goal, to go DI. I just feel like it was a good fit, the style of play.”
In the past couple of seasons, Three Rivers has aimed to play at a faster pace that favors outside shooting. Three Rivers assistant coach Bryan Sherrer saw Harris’ ability to score the ball when he played at Maumelle High School and knew he would be a good fit on the team.
“He has a kind of college-ready body already, about 6-5,” Sherrer said. “He’s pretty physically put together already. His ability to shoot and score, that’s what really stood out to me.”
Harris averaged 18.3 points per game, 6.3 rebounds and two assists as a senior, guiding Maumelle to a 16-13 record as the only player on the team who averaged double figures in scoring.
That was after breaking his leg during his sophomore year. He went up for a dunk during a workout and it popped, starting a long rehab process to get back on the court.
“That was difficult for sure,” Harris said. “The rehab process was really hard. I had to get the strength back in my leg. Every time I played it was hurting; it was sore all the time, but I don’t know, I got used to it and it stopped hurting.”
Once Harris’ leg was healed and he got back in basketball shape, he returned to the court and again led his team in scoring and rebounding during his junior year. Harris averaged 12.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.
The progression in Harris’ game is great considering he didn’t start playing organized basketball until his sophomore year. With that being the year he broke his leg, he didn’t get much of a chance to really show what he could do. Prior to his sophomore year, he played football. Harris wasn’t completely unfamiliar with the game, having played pickup games with his friends almost every day. Once he began to take basketball seriously and train hard as a junior, he was a natural, and the numbers show it.
“I started training probably my 11th grade year after I broke my leg. Then, I just learned the fundamentals and the game got more simple,” Harris said.
Considering his injury and limited time playing organized basketball, Sherrer and the Three Rivers coaching staff believe Harris’ best basketball is ahead of him.
“His ability to deal with that adversity, to kind of fight back and pursue his dream of playing college basketball, I think that really stands out for me. To have an injury like that, that probably derailed his recruitment some, especially going into his sophomore and junior year,” Sherrer said. “But that speaks to his character, to be able to bounce back from his injury and have a really good senior year.”
Nate Fields - Daily American Republic