One of the three incoming freshmen as part of the 2012 recruiting class, Eron Harris had what you might classify as a forgettable senior season at Lawrence North, in Indianapolis.
Except, Harris will never, ever forget it.
A talented team hyped in the preseason, the Wildcats finished 8-12. Harris, who gave WVU his word before that season started, had statistics that were not up to his standard and a team that didn’t respond to his satisfaction. The whole thing left him nonplussed.
Tell me that doesn’t loosely translate to what the Mountaineers went through this past season. They weren’t predicted to be the best, but at 15-5 with a number of good wins to their name, their stumble at the end and some of the problems caused by either inexperience, inability or a sense of entitlement really doomed and disappointed them.
All but two of those guys will/should be back and they are the ones who have to look at themselves and figure out their role in what went wrong and their role in making sure it doesn’t happen again.
Basically, they have to do what Harris has to do. They must get over this past season before next season.
Harris might be a great shooter in college. He might give WVU some size and some scoring on the perimeter. Pay no attention to that. He won’t help any more in any area than he will by coming in as a ticked off, success-starved 2 guard.
“We had the most talented team in the state, by far, and we were under .500,” he said. “We don’t know what the answer was for that. Maybe we weren’t playing hard enough. Maybe we weren’t doing this or that.
“I know I was being a leader on and off the court and trying my hardest every game, but for that to be the outcome makes me so much more motivated going forward now.”
If that is Harris’ mindset next season, it will be the best thing he’ll bring to the team.
Forget that he knocks down jumpers like Pete Weber knocks down bowling pins. He already has.
“This year was arguably my worst year in high school,” the 6 foot, 4 inch Harris said. “It was everyone’s worst year. I’m not going to lie. I shot about 35 percent from 3 this year, which wasn’t what I planned. I didn’t average what I thought I would. I was good at the free-throw line. I shot about 85 percent. But all the other things bother me.”