Posted On: 02/8/19 12:16 AM

Few realized Trenton, Tennessee even raised a Division 1 prospect. 

By extending the first Division 1 offer to JaDarius Harris (Peabody High) February 6th, Austin Peay Head Coach Matt Figger clearly realized it.

“They were at my game and called text the next day and told me,” said Harris. 


From April 2018, JaDarius was ranked top 50 in the PrepHoopsTN Class of 2019 rankings.  He is now #39.  Playing at the time for Mid-South Kings 17u, Harris glided up and down the floor with the ball.  Upright and nimble on the ball.  Harris’ speed was not remarkable, but noticeable.  More importantly Harris scored at multiple levels.  He pushed the basketball with purpose and cowered away from no defender. 

“The sleeper is JaDarius Harris. 6’2 combo guard that shoots it well and can rise and throw one down on you if you let him,” said Mid-South Kings Director Howard at the time.

Harris contends they, specifically we at are still sleeping.

I think I should be much higher on those rankings????????????

Tough to argue.  JaDarius is averaging 23.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 4.9 assists per game for a 25-win team.  Harris routinely pummels his Class A competition in District 14 and helped the Peabody Golden Tide win the 14A District Tournament Championship.

“I would be at least top 30 if I lived in a bigger town,” said Harris to @PrepHoopsTN in a direct message.  Eight point guards are currently ranked ahead of him.  Only two of them have no D1 offers: Michael Rice (Mitchell), Juwon Carpenter (Stratford).  Looking closely, Harris fits in athletically and exceeds the production of everybody outside the top 10 and projects into the future as well as anybody 15-25 range.  
That #39 ranking is suspiciously low.  JaDarius Harris might be wiser and more talented than PrepHoopsTN realized.
Murray State, Middle Tennessee, and Austin Peay are involved.  They are aware.  Austin Peay became the first offer of D1 merit.  As Harris said the day he was offered to @PrepHoopsTN, ‘Big news coming tomorrow…stay tuned.”
TSSAA announced JaDarius Harris as a Class A Mr. Basketball Finalist the next morning.