Just days after losing star forward Pascal Siakam to the NBA Draft, the New Mexico State Aggies picked up a commitment from former Ohio State Buckeye, A.J. Harris. The 5-foot-9 guard announced his decision on his personal Twitter account Friday night.
I am very blessed to be apart of this university. I want to Thank God and my family for getting me through this pic.twitter.com/1lefSiZ1D3— AJHARRIS12 (@FAMOUS_AMOS12) May 28, 2016
Harris was primarily used as a backup guard off the bench, and averaged only 13.7 minutes per game.That wasn't likely to increase much as JaQuan Lyle and Kam Williams will solidify the starting backcourt once again. Harris only averaged 2.8 points per game, and struggled to find his shot as evidenced by his 32.3 field goal percentage.
As a recruit, he was ranked the No. 12 ranked point guard in the 2016 class, and No. 86 overall prospect by 247Sports. He definitely has the talent to be an effective guard for the Aggies, but will have to sit out a year per NCAA transfer rules. Harris can use the gap year to work on his offensive game, and get accustomed to a defensive system that finished 10th in the country last year in opponents points per game.