After an almost banner year of a senior year of high school, Omega Harris comes to UTEP hungry for something that eluded him last season, a team championship.
Harris was named the MVP of the Metro Conference in 6A of Oklahoma hoops, but after a magical playoff run his team Putnam City West fell in the state championship game. Harris poured in 21 points in the prestigious 49th annual Faith 7 game which pits the best All-Stars from Oklahoma against the best from Texas.
He was a main cog in part of a resurgence at PC West once he put on the jersey, after a rough patch of seasons before his arrival, Harris brought the Patriots up to being top tier contenders, and a number two pre-season ranking by The Oklahoman's Class 6A poll before the start of last season.
Being described by his old high school coach as the "hardest working high school player he's ever been around", Harris has the tools on, and off the court to become a star for the Miners.
Not only can Harris drive, distribute, and score, he brings a winning swag to the Miners after his successful high school career. Harris made an official visit on September 27th, then committed to UTEP the next day.
The most outstanding thing to me on the court about the guy we all will call O from now on, is his prowess on defense. Anybody that is billed the best player in their respective state coming out of high school can score the rock, but Harris brings the athleticism, and desire to defend at a high level, now watch what happens when learns CTF's defensive principles.
He looks to mix time with C.J. Cooper at point guard next year, after Cooper graduates, the show is all Omega's. Harris will bring a much needed penetrator, and crafty scorer the Miners have been missing for the past couple of seasons.
Harris has started at point guard since he was a freshman in high school, earning his PT with his court vision, and defense, but has developed into an elite scorer over the past couple of seasons.
Possessing thoroughbred type of speed, Harris will be a catalyst on fast breaks, starting with his smothering style of defense, and elite ability to navigate himself and others in the open floor. He has also shown big game ability, backed up by his 37 point, 10 rebound effort in a state semifinal game as a senior.
Expectations are high for this recruiting class, and the expectations of Omega Harris to become a star for the Miners are as high as ever.