Harris Signs Basketball Letter of Intent with Seton Hall
Connors State men’s basketball coach Bill Muse and athletic director Bill Muse has announced that Cowboys’ Hakeem Harris, 6-1 sophomore point guard from Bergenfield, N.J. has signed a NCAA Division I basketball National Letter-of-Intent with Seton Hall University of the Big East Conference.
A New York native who grew up in Bergenfield, N.J. who initially committed to Brown University, out of high school averaged 12.4 points and 3.0 assists last season at Connors, where he started 27 of 30 games in leading Connors to a 24-9 record and a NJCAA National Tournament appearance in Hutchinson, Kan.
Harris transferred to Connors after one year at Broward Community College in Florida.
Harris is the second member of his family to graduate from Connors and move on to a Division I basketball school. Hakeem’s brother (Frank) played for Muse and the Cowboys 21 years ago before playing at Stanford University.
“Frank was a really good player for us and to have the opportunity to coach Hakeem this year was great,” said Muse. “He played very well, making first team All-Region. Hakeem is an excellent student (4.0) and I am very happy that he got the opportunity to go and play at a high level.
“Going to Seton Hall, where his parents live nearby at Bergenfield, N.J., which is just 25 minutes away from the campus is just a win-win all the way through,” said Muse.
“Going to Seton Hall is a dream come true for me” said Harris. “One of the major factors for me is having my parents getting the opportunity to see me play. I kind’ a wanted to come home and have my family see me play and to play on a very high level.
“Playing in the Big East Conference is one that I always dreamed about as a young kid so it’s good to have your dreams come true.
“I always looked up to my brother and aspire to play on the level that he did. The fact that he and I are going on the similar paths coming from Connors is really an honor,” said Harris.
Harris played for four years at Blair (N.J.) Academy under Coach Joe Mantegna and hit the game-winning shot in the State Prep A championship in 2008.
Harris was also being recruited by UCLA, before Ben Howland was fired and that Washington State and Georgia State among others were actively recruiting Harris.
Harris will join head coach Kevin Willard’s Seton Hall club which finished with a 15-18 record a year ago.