June 18, 2010
HOUSTON - Little Rock Central High forward Alandise Harris became the newest member of the University of Houston men's basketball program when he signed a Statement of Financial Aid, head coach James Dickey announced Friday evening.
Harris - whose first name is pronounced Uh-Lan-Dis - was a four-time All-Conference and three-time All-State honoree during his prep career. He also was twice named to the All-Arkansas Team by the Arkansas-Democrat Gazette.
As a senior, the 6-foot-5, 220-pound product did a little of everything, averaging 20.3 points, 10.7 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.7 blocks per game.
Harris also was selected to participate at the upcoming Arkansas High School All-Star Game.
"We are very excited to add Alandise to our recruiting class and basketball program. He is a very athletic and physical player," Dickey said. "Alandise is a versatile player with the ability to face up on the perimeter and also post up. He is a competitor who defends, rebounds and can score the basketball. Alandise comes from a successful high school program, and his main goal is to help his team win."
Harris' comfort with the city, Dickey, his staff, the basketball program and the entire University were the reasons for his decision.
"It all boiled down to me feeling comfortable with being down there for the next four years," Harris said in a recent interview." I knew that if I felt comfortable it would be ok."
With his signing, Harris became the fifth member - and third freshman - of Dickey's initial recruiting class at Houston. He joined Navarro Junior College guard Darian Thibodeaux, Midland Junior College forward Jonathon Simmons, Second Baptist High forward Mikhail McLean and Hyde Park Academy guard Fabyon Harris.