- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
While the University of Alabama basketball staff awaits Devonta Pollard’s decision, it has remained active recruiting the 2013 class, and one player it has shown a lot of interest lately is Texas point guard Kendal Harris.
The Crimson Tide already has an offer out to point guard Jaren Sina, who was once committed to Alabama, but that hasn’t stopped UA coach Anthony Grant from exploring other options. Grant visited Harris at his high school earlier this month and over the weekend Grant and one of the Tide’s assistant coaches traveled to Las Vegas to watch Harris in action with his AAU team, Urban DFW Elite.
“They’ve been saying they like how I run the point and how I would fit with their style of play,” Harris said. “They really like my personality, and they want me to be in their program.”
Harris, who spoke with the staff Tuesday night, doesn’t have an offer yet from Alabama but he believes one could be coming soon.
The Richardson, Texas, native already has more than a dozen offers including LSU, Marquette, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M. Kansas State offered him a scholarship earlier this week.
At 6-foot-4, Harris is taller than the average point guard but he has the mindset of a floor leader who likes running the show and creating for teammates.
“I like to attack the basket first, but I like to create for my other teammates,” Harris said. “I feel like that’s just something in my nature, to pass the ball and create for my teammates. I just like to compete and be a leader on the floor.”
In addition to Harris, Alabama also has interest in Mickey, a 6-foot-7, 205-pound forward. The two have discussed the idea of playing together at the next level, but it’s not necessarily a package deal.
“We’d love to play together, but it’s wherever’s the best fit,” Harris said. “If there’s something better for him to just be solo, then that’s what it will be, but we would like to play with each other since we have that chemistry from the summertime.”
Over the weekend, the trio will travel to North Little Rock, Ark., for the Real Deal in the Rock, one of the premier tournaments on the AAU circuit.
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