Even though he hasn’t played a minute at Arkansas, Alandise Harris seemed to be a good fit to grace the cover of Sync magazine this week. Over the summer I mulled over the choices of current Hogs to feature. I chose Harris for two reasons. 1) He has a good backstory. 2) I think he may be one of the bigger contributors on the squad by season’s end.
I thought that long before he poured in 26 points in the Red/White game Sunday. I saw Harris play in high school and loved his versatility. He’s not 6-10, but his strength allows him to play like he is. He is also quick and skilled enough to play on the perimeter. He is a mismatch waiting to happen.
Then you take those attributes and throw them into Mike Anderson”s scheme, and you have the recipe for a double-double every night.
Harris desperately wanted to play at Arkansas out of Little Rock Central High School, but former coach John Pelphrey chose a different route after allegedly offering a scholarship early. Harris made the most of his two years at the University of Houston, and now is more than ready to make a significant contribution in the SEC. He averaged 13.3 poitns and 6.4 rebounds for the Cougars in a pretty good Conference USA field. That two years gave him some seasoning, and the ability to shrug off some of the distractions of the road that led to a 1-9 SEC mark for Arkansas last year.
If the Hogs make the NCAA Tournament two things most likely happened — someone emerged at point guard and Harris picked up where he left off at Houston.