Elias Harris staying in school?

January, 25, 2010
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Gonzaga has a fabulous freshman in Elias Harris, who has scored the most points for the Zags this season and is also second in the conference with 8.2 rebounds per game.

Pretty good for a guy who was plucked off a team in Speyer, Germany, and Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News recently reported on the process to get him immediate eligibility.

With the 6-foot-8 forward showing off his athleticism and dunking skills for a team that keeps on rising in the rankings, one-and-done seems like a definite possibility.

But Harris might be staying in school after all, as Jim Meehan of The Spokesman-Review spoke to German national team coach Dirk Bauermann:

"To me, it's very clear. He needs to stay in school and we talked about it (Wednesday night) and he completely agrees with me," Bauermman said. "He feels there are a lot of things he can work on before he takes the next step, so that’s what the plan is.

"He's getting great coaching here. It's a great program, they know what it's like to work with international kids and they've had really good ones. It's a great atmosphere and he's really impressed with how people have treated him. It's the perfect situation for him."

Harris doesn’t disagree.

"I try to ignore all the NBA hype and all the rankings stuff because I don't think it's important for me right now," he said. "I could probably go right now and I could probably make it, but I don't think it's the right time yet. Let's put it that way."

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