WASHINGTON — American University men's basketball head coach Mike Brennan has announced that Minnesota transfer Jamir Harris has joined the Eagles' program.
Harris, a 6-foot-2 guard from North Brunswick, New Jersey, played one season for Richard Pitino at Minnesota and will have three years of eligibility beginning in the 2019-20 season.
"Jamir is an elite 3-point shooter and an excellent defender, but I believe his competitiveness and leadership will have the biggest impact on our team," said Brennan.
A talented combo guard, Harris appeared in 28 games for the Golden Gophers and finished seventh on the squad, averaging 3.9 points per game. A strong shooter from the outside, Harris finished third on the team with 38 made 3-pointers.
In his first collegiate start at Penn State on Jan. 15, Harris scored a season-best 16 points on the road with five field goals and three trifectas. He then added 10 points in his second straight start, against Maryland. Harris reached double figures three times for the Gophers and knocked down at least one 3-pointer in 17 games.
Prior to joining Minnesota, Harris helped lead The Patrick School to the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Tournament of Champions title and the Non-Public A title. Entering college, Harris was ranked 12th nationally at the combo guard position among Class of 2017 prospects by 247Sports. In the state of New Jersey, ESPN ranked Harris as the fourth-best prospect in his class with a three-star rating.
Harris has some familiarity with members of the AU program, as he played AAU ball with Sa'eed Nelson in grade school and his dad, Laquan, grew up in the same neighborhood as Coach Brennan.
Harris joins forward Josh Alexander and guard Jacob Boonyasith as part of AU's Recruiting Class of 2018.