Team Takeover has gotten off to a hot 16-0 start and class of 2019 guard Anthony Harris is a big reason why. Harris provides great energy on both ends of the ball and has a knack for scoring. He caught up with Prep Circuit to do a Q&A on his team’s undefeated regular season and the latest wit his recruitment.
Q: What is it like coming away from the regular season 16-0 in a league as competitive as the Nike EYBL?
A: “It’s something we knew we could do coming in. It was all about going out there and executing. We had to go all out at the end of the day and get to know our strengths and weaknesses.”
Q: You guys have a lot of talent, but it looks like you always put what’s best for the team first. What goes into building that type of chemistry?
A: “Everyone on our team is focused on the team first. We aren’t that worried about our own personal accolades. We just work toward getting the job done and that means pick up our teammates when one of us is off and get the ball to the hot man at the time. The key is knowing your teammates enough to ensure a win.”
Q: What does Coach Keith Stevens expect out of you?
A: “He expects me to guard the other team’s best player and lock them down. He also wants me to attack and be aggressive out there. I make sure to take my shots and get my teammates involved as well.”
Q: When do you plan on cutting your list of schools?
A: “I’m discussing it now with my family. I think I might take some visits before Peach Jam and definitely some after.”
Q: What schools are in the mix for you?
A: “Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Wake Forest, UConn, Georgia, Louisville, Florida State, Florida, Seton Hall, Cincinnati and a couple of other schools are recruiting me.”
Q: What has Virginia Tech’s pitch been to you and what do you like about their program?
A: “They like my energy on the court and I like their program. I know a few guys that have been through their program and they have been talking to me about going down there. It’s nice down there and the coaches have done a good job since they got there.”
Q: What stands out about Ohio State to you?
A: “It’s a great school and Chris Holtmann is a great coach. The coaches really know what they are doing over there and they have been giving me a similar pitch. They think I can help with my enthusiasm and scoring skills.”
Q: What do you like about Wake Forest?
A: “I’ve visited them a lot and I’m close with one of the assistant coaches Jamill Jones. We talk almost every day on how much the staff likes me and how I can make an impact there.”
Q: Tom Crean and the Georgia coaching staff have made you a priority since arriving. What do you like about them?
A: “They got in touch about a month ago after they watched me play a bit. Coach Crean has expressed the same thing about how I can score the ball from anywhere on the court.”
Q: When do you see yourself making your decision?
A: “I would say sometime after Peach Jam. I want to take some visits after that event and then make a decision either in July or early August.”
Jacob O'Connell, a class of 2019 Center playing for the NJ Shoreshots, just committed to Princeton.