Harris Sr.: Family is unaware of Hoosier Hysteria move

Gary Harris has set his official visit to Indiana, and it may alter the scheduling of Hoosier Hysteria.

The Hamilton Southeastern guard, who is one of the top 25 players in the Class of 2012, scheduled his visit for Oct. 15. Hoosier Hysteria — a whimsical basketball event at Assembly Hall that is Indiana’s version of Midnight Madness — is usually held on the day the NCAA recognizes as the first official day of basketball practice, which this year is Oct. 14. Harris, however, also plays football for Hamilton Southeastern, which means his fall Friday nights are taken up.

Several outlets reported Thursday that sources had indicated that the event would be held on Saturday. And Indiana spokesman said the Hoosiers were still “waiting to finalize the calendar.” Harris’s father, Gary Harris Sr., said there had been no discussion between Indiana and family about Hoosier Hysteria.

“I actually heard that a couple of times,” Harris Sr. said. “But quite frankly, I have no idea if it’s Friday or Saturday. It’s been brought up to me a couple of times, but we had nothing to do with any of that.”

Hoosier Hysteria is typically one of Indiana’s biggest recruiting events of the year, as it gives the coaching staff the opportunity to sell the atmosphere surrounding the program. Recruits get to see the team in an environment that is high-energy but low-stress, and students and fans traditionally take it upon themselves to chant the names of the recruits attending.

Harris, a 6-foot-6, 198-pound five-star recruit, has also announced that he will take an official visit to Purdue on Oct. 1 and Michigan State on Nov. 5. Those two schools and Indiana have long been considered the favorites in his recruitment, and Harris said in late July that he would take official visits to all three. He has already been to all three schools on unofficial visits, which are typically shorter, more restricted, and can not be paid for by the school.

“All three of them have excellent coaches,” Harris Sr. said. “All three of them have proud histories. I think all three of them have been in to see him a lot, either in high school or in the summer. Those are the schools that are the most consistent.”

But Harris Sr. said they aren’t the only schools still involved. Louisville will have an in-home visit with Harris on Sept. 10 and Harris is looking for a date to schedule an official visit there as well. Harris Sr. said there are other schools involved who could also get an in-home or official visit. He declined to list other schools.

Harris Sr. said that even though his son has seen all of the schools in question, official visits allow him to get more intimately acquainted with the team, program and campus.

“I truly believe of in the value of officials,” Harris Sr. said. “You get a chance to check out practices. You get a feel for how the players get along with the coaching staff as well as among themselves. Do they get along or hang out because they have to? You get a better feel for the comraderie if you’re there for more than one day. You get a better feel for the flow of the campus.”

Harris Sr. said his son expects to make his decision between the end of football season and the beginning of basketball season. The first day of the early signing period is Nov. 10.

The Hoosiers already have five commitments for the Class of 2012, and the class is already ranked the No. 1 class in the country by some recruiting publications.

11 comments

  1. I still don’t understand why this event is named after the IHSAA basketball tournament. Is the best the IU people could come up with?

  2. Reality… Saw on one of these sites he measured 6’6 this summer at Lebron Skills Camp… Anyone know whether he is legit 6’6?

  3. Come on, guys. He’s not an NBA player. He’s a teenager. One of my kids went from 5’6″ to 6’3″ in high school. It would be more surprising if he didn’t grow.

  4. Here is the always asked question “Do they have a Scholarship available for him?” If not is this a deterrent to him? Knowing someone has to leave or kindly booted for them to have room?

  5. Not his issue. He’s a high school kid. Why should he care what goes on behind the scenes? All he’ll care about is his bills being paid when he gets here. The folks on blogs are the only ones that care about that kind of thing.

  6. My son’s best friend graduated high school at 5’7″. He then graduated from college at 6’3″. It took a quite a while to become used to his new height.

  7. I don’t care if he’s 6’3″ 6’4″ or 6’6″. All I know is I want the kid at IU. He can flat out play the game no matter how tall he is.

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