Thursday, June 28, 2012

Mike Harris is back

6-foot-4 Mike Harris headed off to Cal Lutheran University last year and produced 9.5 points and 5.3 rebounds a game as a freshman for the Kingsmen. The former Monte Vista High talent obviously adjusted quickly to college hoops, finishing third on his team in scoring and second in rebounding.

But the overall fit down south wasn't quite what Harris desired.

So he decided to make a change and will be playing for Diablo Valley College (DVC) Coach Steve Coccimiglio in 2012-13.

"Cal Lutheran was great, my teammates were great and I had a lot of fun," Harris offered. "But it wasn't what I was looking for in a college experience."

On the court, Harris was a post player -- "mainly playing down low." He started 23 of 24 games, averaging just under 30 minutes a contest.

He added, "I took a lot of time thinking about my options and then made my decision."

With DVC, he'll be positioned on the wing which "will be better for my strengths."

It will be a reunion of sorts as longtime Monte Vista Coach Bill Powers has left that position and is working as a assistant for Coccimiglio.

Diablo Valley College loses it's top two scorers in Brian Goins and Ronnie Baker, so Coccimiglio will need point production from his group of returnees and newcomers.

Harris will have the opportunity to publicly display his talents for DVC at the Foothill College JUCO Summer Slam on July 13-14.

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