Jameon "J.J." Harris was a standout performer at the Showtime Roundup and the subject of this week's player spotlight. The Class of 2021 prospect was great in his first showing of the offseason. The Northeast guard plays for Team Breakdown in the travel circuit. He described how he played and how it felt to be back out on the court.
"It honestly felt great," said Harris. "Especially playing with my brothers again we went out and played hard and handled our business! I honestly felt like I went out and did exactly what I have been working on. Which is making my teammates better, making the right plays, and lastly just going out having fun doing what I love."
The 6-foot-4 senior is one of many players nationwide that has had his travel season drastically affected by the pandemic. The Class of 2021 have not had any live periods this season in usually the most important evaluation period for college prospects. The closing of schools and many basketball gyms has also made it difficult for athletes to truly work on their craft. Harris talked about what he has done to train and prepare during these difficult times.
”I have actually handled it pretty well. I have been in the gym with the best trainers and coaches I know in Kenny and Zach Gillion. We have mainly been focusing on me getting ready to play at the next level.”
Harris averaged 12 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists for a loaded Northeast squad this past season. They enter next season as one of the best teams in the state and one of the top contenders to capture the 5A State Title. The standout combo guard prospect talked about his goals and expectations for next season.
“My senior year goals are to make sure I bring my school and community a state and national championship back. Also I want to make sure that when it is time for me to step on a college campus that I am ready to dominate and really perform at a high level.”
He is poised for a big time senior season and already has the attention of several division 1 programs. Harris currently holds offers from Stetson, Samford, and Mississippi. He is just focused on his game and seems to be solely focused on developing into the best player he can possibly be.
“Lately I have been just laying low and working. My recruitment has really picked up though. It has increased tremendously, but I try not to talk too much about it because I just want to continue to work and get better until the times come.”
Harris is a talented prospect that plays the game of basketball with evident joy. He is a competitor and brings that mentality on every possession. He is a good and confident shooter that really defends. He is poised and committed to the game and describes what fuels his passion for the sport.
“What I love most about the game is the people. What I mean by that is I play the game of basketball for my mother and to give other people hope.”
It will be interesting to see how his recruitment unfolds and what type of senior campaign he is able to put together. He has a bright future in the sport and is one of the best players in South Florida that is still just scratching the surface of his potential.