Fresh off of a successful Countdown to Craziness John Scheyer and the Duke staff has secured their first commitment of the 2024 class in sharpshooter Darren Harris. Harris is a 6’6 small forward out of Paul VI in Virginia. Duke fans will recognize Paul VI as the high school that produced both Jeremy Roach and Trevor Keels. Watching his form, it reminds me a bit of Cam Reddish and Gary Trent Jr. He’s not as athletic as Reddish or Trent but like both he can get to his shot rather quickly and cam come off of screens at a high level as well as side-step dribble to avoid defenders. Harris has commented recently that playing at Paul VI, where he’s faced intensified defensive attention and has had to adjust, has expanded his game.
In a long line of Duke players with fathers who coached the game I expect Harris to come in with a very high basketball IQ and very good situational awareness as a freshman. Harris is not an overly athletic prospect but perhaps that is why he excels in other parts of the game.
Ranked as a 4-star prospect, Harris is ranked 39 by ESPN, 45 by 247Sports, 41 by On3, and 72 by Rivals.
Harris chose the Blue Devils over MD, Miami and Ohio State.