Oxon Hill senior Magic Harris grew up sharing a back court with Suitland senior Roddy Peters on the AAU team coached by his father, Sam. After about eight years of running the point for that Sky’s the Limit squad, Harris was already a known commodity to followers of Prince George’s County basketball when he arrived at his high school.
But last summer as Peters sent his recruiting stock skyrocketing with a string of solid AAU performances playing for D.C. Assault, Harris was nowhere to be found. The 5-foot-11 guard instead spent most of the summer in the classroom, taking classes to shore up his academic standing and fitting in workouts on his own.
“I got used to it,” Harris said. “Education comes first. That’s what my mom and dad have always preached to me. I wanted to be in the gym being seen, but I knew I had to take care of my business.”
Peters has signed with the University of Maryland, and Harris, who is averaging a team-best 15.4 points per game for the Clippers, remains hopeful that his decision will pay off. After improving his grades, he’s waiting on test scores to find out if he will qualify with the NCAA.
In recent months, Harris been working with a tutor, Carl Goode, about seven hours per week, hoping to boost his test performance. He said Goode has helped Prince George’s players such as Friendly’s Sam Young (Pittsburgh) and Largo’s Maurice Sutton (Villanova) to earn the qualifying scores they needed to play at the next level.
On Saturday, the day after leading Oxon Hill to a memorable senior night upset of No. 20 DuVal, Harris took the ACT, and he’s set to take the SAT this weekend. Sam Harris said his son is on the right path to be a full qualifier.
At that point, Magic, a four-year varsity player, would be better able to examine his options, but he listed a host of Division I programs that have shown initial interest.
“I guess I fell off the radar a little bit this summer,” Harris said, “but I’m back on it now.”