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Kent State lands intriguing transfer

By Allen Moff | Staff Writer Published: July 7, 2017 11:21 PM

A source close to the Kent State men's basketball program confirmed late Friday night that Kain Harris has committed to join the Golden Flashes.

Harris, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound shooting guard from Chicago, played the past two seasons at Tulane. He played 33 games last season for the Green Wave, averaging 9.1 points and 1.7 rebounds in 18.4 minutes per contest. Harris shot 38 percent from the field and 34.4 percent from 3-point range, ranking second on the team with 42 made 3s.

Harris requested and was granted a transfer from Tulane last March after the Green Wave finished 6-25 under head coach Mike Dunleavy Sr.

Harris was the eighth-ranked prospect in the state of Illinois after averaging 16.2 points, five rebounds and four assists as a senior for St. Rita of Cascia High School. He played the previous two seasons at Morgan Park High School, helping the team earn back-to-back state championships.

Harris drew interest from Creighton, Illinois and Michigan State before choosing Tulane, and was a member of former Green Wave head coach Ed Conroy's final recruiting class before he was fired after the 2015-16 season.

Harris averaged 18 points in Tulane's first five American Athletic Conference games last season, but his role was reduced as the season progressed. He averaged just 4.7 points over the Green Wave's final 13 contests.

Harris will be forced to sit out the upcoming season per NCAA transfer rules, but will have two years of eligibility remaining at Kent State beginning in 2018-19.


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