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Harris Remains A Bright Spot For WVU


West Virginia University freshman Eron Harris is providing one of the real bright spots in what has otherwise been a disappointing season.

Harris has scored in double figures 14 times this season. He has scored 10 or more points in 10 of West Virginia's last 13 games including a career-high 25 points against Baylor Wednesday night.

Harris' consistent success has caused opponents to spend more time worrying about him and less about his teammates.

"They didn't guard him before," Head Coach Bob Huggins said. "He was a guy you helped off of. Now they can't help off him. He has been a focal point of everyone's game preparation for the last seven or eight games."

"I think certain teams play me different," Harris said. "Oklahoma State, Kansas and teams like that played me to take away everything and made it really hard on me. If every team did that up to this point, I probably would be a little better at getting the ball in my hands and finishing plays close to defenders."

Harris has been fun to watch this season. His game has evolved. Early in the season he scored more from a jump shot, but lately he has found a way to score driving to the basket. That has also helped him score more from the free throw line than he did earlier in the year.

Harris is becoming the player you want to take the final shot to win a game. The freshman had a play drawn up for him with less than a minute remaining and West Virginia trailing Baylor by one. Deniz Kilicli screened for Harris. Instead of taking a wide open deep three, Harris took a dribble and got closer before putting up a shot that went off the front of the rim.

"I was really supposed to go back door, but he played it for the back door so I came off," Harris said. "Initially I was open and I felt like it was kind of deep so I stepped in. I can shoot the deep three, so I probably should have shot it. It's a key shot I need to make."

Chalk it up to another learning experience for the young player. He wants the ball with the game on the line and should continue to get it in those situations.

Harris and the Mountaineers have three regular season games remaining. As the attention begins to shift to the future, it appears Harris is a player that Huggins can build around as his college career continues.

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