It didn’t take long for Kain Harris to sign on the dotted line.
Tulane’s newest basketball addition sent his official papers within the first hour he was allowed to, as the Green Wave began the spring signing period with a bang.
Harris, a consensus three-star shooting guard, spurned offers from Creighton, West Virginia, South Carolina and Minnesota among others to join coach Ed Conroy at Tulane. After committing in December, Harris said he never once wavered on his commitment to the Green Wave, even though it scuffled to its first losing season since 2011-12.
“I had a good feeling as soon as I began to talk to the coaches,” Harris said. “My visit was great and I felt at home … I talked it over with my family and decided it was best for me.”
Harris provides an immediate influx of scoring on the Tulane perimeter, and said he sees the role graduated senior sharpshooter Jay Hook played as a place he can take over. Never was that more apparent than in a 2013 tournament game when he converted nine 3-pointers, including six in a single quarter.
However, the 6-foot-4, Chicago product proved to be more than just a shooter in racking up a pair of Illinois state championships in 3A before transferring for his senior year.
“My strengths are scoring and making plays for myself or my teammates,” Harris said. “I like to shoot the 3 and play above the rim.
“Yes I can fill Jay Hook’s role as a shooter but I will try to bring more to the table as a scorer and playmaker and I love late game situations, so I’m sure I can help win close games.”
On the roster, Harris fills the slot given up by reserve forward Josh Hearlihy, who announced his intentions to transfer from Tulane last week.
He adds another dose of talent to what is expected to be one of the best influxes in recent Tulane history. Fellow incoming freshmen Blake Paul and Taron Oliver signed in the fall, and former four-star prospect Malik Morgan becomes eligible this season after sitting out a year after transferring from LSU after his sophomore season.
Sources close to the Green Wave indicate Tulane is still hoping to sign at least one more prospects in the spring before opening the 2015-16 season, which will be Conroy’s sixth season with the Green Wave.
“The system fits me well,” Harris said. “I know I can make an immediate impact.”