Virginia Tech commit Anthony Harris is out for the season with a torn left ACL, according to two sources close to Harris. The injury occurred in Paul VI’s 67-58 win against St. Frances Academy on Saturday.
The four-star combo guard was just starting his senior season with Paul VI, the No. 2 team in the Post’s initial rankings for 2018-19. He has been a member of Team Takeover, a Nike-affiliated AAU squad in the Washington area, which won the Nike Peach Jam last summer.
Harris, 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, is the No. 3 player in the Class of 2019 in Virginia, and No. 65 nationally, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He signed with Virginia Tech during the early signing period in November, a month after verbally committing to the program. Harris missed the start of last season with a fractured knee cap.
Monday morning, he underwent an MRI exam, which showed the ACL tear.
In addition to Harris’s injury, the Panthers (2-0) were already without five-star point guard Jeremy Roach, who tore his right ACL in a scrimmage Nov. 17.
Roach is the No. 1 ranked point guard in the Class of 2020. He will have surgery in the coming weeks once the swelling in his knee goes down, according to his father. Doctors estimated his recovery time to be nine months.
Paul VI, a contender in the stacked Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, will now rely on a young backcourt, including sophomore four-star Trevor Keels and touted freshman Knasir McDaniel. Paul VI Coach Glenn Farello has long been known for his “Guard U” program, with the addition of McDaniel this season only furthering his long list of skilled guards.
Keels had 13 points, two rebounds and one block in the team’s win Saturday. McDaniel had 13 points, six rebounds, six assists and two steals.
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