Niagara Falls native Paul Harris will not leave Syracuse University to pursue his professional basketball career this spring, according to the Syracuse Post-Standard.

“I know for a fact that I’m coming back,” Harris told the newspaper. “Even if I was a lottery pick guy, it’s hard to leave a place like Syracuse that I love and where I never got an opportunity to say I can win an NCAA championship.”

Harris, a 6-foot-5 forward, averaged 14.5 points and 8.1 rebounds as a sophomore. He’s been considered an NBA prospect since he led Niagara Falls to a state championship in 2005, but isn’t projected to be a first- or second-round pick on most current mock drafts.

Along with former Wolverines teammate Jonny Flynn, Harris helped the Orange to a 21-14 season that ended with a loss Tuesday to Massachusetts in an NIT quarterfinal round game in Syracuse.

Donte Greene, who led the Orange in scoring as a freshman this season, did not rule out entering the NBA draft, according to the Post-Standard.



NU’s Fisher honored

Niagara senior Charron Fisher was named to the mid-major all-America third team Thursday by CollegeHoops.net.

Fisher, who was the second-leading scorer in the nation this season, was joined on the team by his cousin, Al Fisher, a Kent State guard who was named Mid-American Conference player of the year.

Davidson’s Stephen Curry was selected as mid-major player of the year. He was joined on the first team by Butler’s Mike Green, Western Kentucky’s Courtney Lee, High Point’s Arizona Reid and Rider’s Jason Thompson, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference player of the year.



Softball

Niagara 6, Binghamton 2

Felicia Coffey went 3-for-3 and Jenna Baker was 2-for-4 with two RBIs as the Purple Eagles improved to 10-12.

Katie Gleiser earned the win, pitching five scoreless innings, and Lewiston’s Heidi Conlon scored a run.

UB games canceled

UB’s scheduled games against Toledo and Bowling Green this weekend have been canceled due to the weather. Buffalo will now open the MAC portion of its schedule April 4 at Ohio.



Baseball

NU, UB move home series

Weather conditions have forced Niagara to move its home-opening series this weekend against Fairfield to Canisius’ Demske Sports Complex, while Buffalo will play its home games at St. Bonaventure for the second straight weekend.

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