Dre Harris and Evan Nelson Pick Up Offers from UC-Irvine

A pair of Powerhouse 17U Elite (UAA) players received offers from UC-Irvine this morning as both 6-foot-7 2019 forward Dre Harris (Red Mountain) and 6-foot-3 2020 guard Evan Nelson (Salpointe), were both notified that they were being offered full-ride scholarships from Head Coach Russell Turner and his staff. 

The offers come after the first live period, as both were competing in the Under Armour circuit in Dallas over the weekend.  Though the team as a whole didn't perform up to par in their first time as a program being on the shoe circuit, they played in front of numerous college coaches every game. 

 

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Andre "Big Dre" Harris was an animal over the weekend, averaging nearly a double-double with almost 16 points and 10 boards per game.  He dropped 21 points to go with 6 rebounds in their opening 4-point loss to NE6, who has top-10 ranked prospect 7-foot-2 2019 big man Chol Marial.  He went into this past weekend playing his best game of the spring against The Truth (EYBL) in Gerry Frietas' Spring Tip-Off in LA, where he punched home several dunks and beasted up down low.  That makes 5 straight games against shoe circuit teams that Dre has scored in double digits.

Harris is a grown man at any level he plays at.  He can score from all 3 levels and has great court vision and passing ability from the top of the key. Also has great hands and runs the pick-and-roll like a seasoned vet.  His footwork on the move or set-up down low is nothing short of impressive for a player his size.  He will need to get more consistent from the outside but that may be nothing more than just repetition since you will see him hit that shot with some regularity. 

Harris now holds offers from UC-Irvine, Central Arkansas, Oakland, Grand Canyon, Houston Baptist and Ottawa.

 

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Evan Nelson came into the spring earning himself a top-100 national ranking after a great sophomore season and an appearance in the state championship game.  He has had his ups and downs on the circuit thus far but ended the weekend with his best performance against the Louisiana Elite in a 2-point overtime loss where he scored 11 points.  

Nelson is flat-out explosive.  He gets after it and goes 0-to-100 effortlessly.  He is as quick with the ball in his hands as anyone you will find in the state and is strong and athletic enough to finish off of penetration.  His handle is legit and has a great body at the point guard position.  He needs to work on not getting reckless with the ball in his hands at times and knowing when to control the pace a little more.  Also needs some work on the perimeter with his outside shot, though his midrange game gets it done when he is coming in off the dribble.  Defensively he has it in him to put the clamps down on opposing guards.  At times, you will see him get into a jersey and give fits to ballhandlers.  

Nelson now adds this offer to a list that includes Grand Canyon, New Mexico, UC-Santa Barbara and Portland State.  

Their next showing will be in Indianapolis this weekend for the UAA event.

Justin Vargas