Former West Virginia guard Eron Harris was granted his release from the men’s basketball program Wednesday, and already a growing list of potential transfer candidates lined up for the sophomore to choose from this summer.
Harris averaged 13.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 26 minutes per game during his two seasons for West Virginia as well as shooting 39.6 percent from behind the three-point acre.
Before stepping on a court again, Harris will not be qualified to play during the 2014-2015 season due to NCAA transfer rules, but will have two years of eligibility when he is cleared to return to action during the 2015 season.
The candidates include another former West Virginia Mountaineer, Michigan coach John Beilein, who contacted Harris about joining him in Ann Arbor seemingly after the news broke about his release from the Mountaineers
Michigan would be joined by fellow B1G members Ohio State, Michigan State, Indiana, Illinois, Purdue and Illinois along with national runner up Kentucky, Auburn, Notre Dame, Butler, Marquette, New Mexico and UCLA according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.
Harris, an Indianapolis native, said the transfer was based on his desire to be closer to home, which might eliminate some of the aforementioned contenders from the running based on distance. Eric Harris, the father of Eron, added another factor in the decision for his son’s next basketball program.
“We respected (West Virginia coach Bob Huggins’) coaching style but it probably wasn’t the best fit,” said the elder Harris. “Looking for that right fit as far as a coach goes is probably the biggest thing.”
“The fit is more important that the location (of the school),” Harris said. “Eron is used to seeing his brothers and family more than he has the past couple years. But if he has to go to New York or California to find the right fit, then that’s what he’ll do.”
Considering all factors, Harris would be wise to choose Purdue as his transfer destination over other potential suitors.
The aforementioned three-point shooting of Harris could give Purdue a new facet for their offense that averaged just 5.5 three-point goals a game last year, tied for 246th in the nation. Senior Terone Johnson, who will be graduating this year, would give Harris a chance to start at shooting guard in 2015.
Harris also would rejoin one of his former teammates, Basil Smotherman, from Lawrence High School in Indianapolis, so instantly there would be familiarity with current players on the Purdue roster.
No matter if Purdue or another team ends up with the former Mountaineer, Harris will be a dangerous addition to that team when he joins a roster in two years.