Hogs’ Harris Primed to Make Big Contribution

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.

Photo by Wesley Hitt Alandise Harris is ready to contribute at Arkansas after two seasons at the University of Houston.

Photo by Wesley Hitt
Alandise Harris is ready to contribute at Arkansas after two seasons at the University of Houston.

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.