April 30, 2010 11:14:00 AM
EL PASO, Texas -- University of Texas at El Paso men''s basketball coach Tim Floyd continued Thursday to add to his first recruiting class at the school by announcing the signing of center Rashanti Harris.
The 6-foot-8, 240-pound Harris is regarded as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com. He was rated the No. 15 player in the country by HoopScoop, No. 17 by Scout.com, No. 26 by Rivals.com, and No. 37 by ESPN following a dominant prep career at New Hope High School. Scout.com also regarded Harris as the No. 2 center in the Class of 2008.
Harris averaged 19.7 points, 15 rebounds, and 4.5 blocked shots as a senior, shooting 65 percent from the field. He was named Mr. Basketball in the state of Mississippi after leading New Hope High School to the 2008 Class 4A state title.
In December 2007, Harris was named to the All-Tournament team at the City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers, Fla. Kenny Boynton (Florida), Larry Drew (North Carolina), Greg Monroe (Georgetown) and Samardo Samuels (Louisville) also played in the event.
Harris later attended The Patterson School in Patterson, N.C. He played for the Columbus Titans Amateur Athletic Union team.