Former CCU basketball star makes NBA D-League team

Joe-HarrisFormer Coastal Carolina University basketball player Joseph Harris has made the Miami Heat ‘s NBA D-League team, and will be playing for the Sioux Falls Skyforce tomorrow night.

Harris played for CCU from 2005-2009, setting the rebounding record for the Big South conference and was named to the All-Big South First Team twice. He became the seventh player in Big South history with 600 career rebounds, 100 steals and 100 blocks.

Since 2009, Harris has bounced around from the British Basketball League to the South Carolina Warriors. Most recently, he’s spent time working out locally with Colin Stevens at the Manzer Basketball Academy in Myrtle Beach.

Harris was acquired by the Skyforce team during an open tryout. He was the only player selected from the tryout and given a chance to prove himself during a pre-season training camp that began November 3rd.

Harris is joined on the team by Larry Drew II, known to most as the guard for the UNC Tar Heels before transferring to UCLA. The team has another local connection in Head Coach Phil Weber. Weber worked as an assistant coach alongside Dan D’Antoni while both were with the NY Knicks. This will be Weber’s first year as a head coach. A North Carolina State University graduate in 1984, Weber played basketball under the tutelage of legendary coach Jim Valvano for the Wolfpack.

The Skyforce begin their season tomorrow night on the road at the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. The game tips off at 6:30pm and is available to view online via youtube.

Photo Courtesy of CCU Athletics

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