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Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Paul, Harris commit to WMU

By Scott Powers

Warren senior forward Darius Paul and Lake Forest Academy senior guard Charles Harris have committed to Western Michigan.

Paul and Harris were club basketball teammates on Full Package.

Paul, a 6-9 power forward, was also recruited by Detroit and Northwestern, among others. Paul committed to the Broncos on Monday.

Harris, a 6-4 shooting guard, was also recruited by Detroit and Oregon State, among others. He committed to Western Michigan on Sunday.

“They are very close,” Full Package coach Billy Welcome said. “They’ve known each other for a long time and are friends. I don’t think they said, ‘We are going to commit to the same college.’ It’s huge for Western Michigan. To get them both is incredible.”

Paul averaged 11.2 points and 7.2 rebounds last season while leading Warren to a second-place finish in Class 4A. He is the younger brother of Illinois junior guard Brandon Paul.

“He’s an immensely skilled 6-9 guy,” Welcome said. “I think his skills are off the charts at 6-9 as far as passing, shooting and ball handling. He has incredible hands.”

Harris averaged 15 points and seven rebounds for Lake Forest Academy last season.

“He’s just an incredible athlete,” Welcome said. “He has high-major ability. He’s a lockdown defender.”