Niagara Gazette


December 11, 2009

BASKETBALL: Paul Harris' D-League debut delayed


Once healthy, Harris could be called up to join any of the 30 NBA teams. The Red Claws are affiliated with the Boston Celtics and Charlotte Bobcats.

Considered an NBA prospect since he led Niagara Falls High School to a state championship and national prominence in 2005, Harris had a productive three-year career at Syracuse University, but didn’t fulfill the superstar hype that greeted him on campus. Still, he was a pivotal player on the Orange’s Sweet 16 squad last season, averaging 12 points and 8.1 rebounds.

In a move that surprised some, Harris left Syracuse with one year of eligibility to enter the NBA draft. After a series of strong workouts with various teams, Harris was considered a possible second-round pick, but did not hear his name called in the draft. He played with longtime teammate Jonny Flynn on the Minnesota Timberwolves’ summer league squad.

At 6-foot-4 with long arms, quick feet and a powerful body, Harris projects to be a defensive specialist at the professional level, playing either shooting guard or small forward.

According to’s Prospect Watch blog, Harris’ “outstanding athletic ability should help make him a top player in the NBA D-League.”

Contact reporter Jonah Bronstein at

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