Making a decision to attend prep school rather than heading straight for college paid off with a major basketball scholarship offer for former Edwardsville High School guard Tre Harris.
The 6-foot-5 Harris committed to Kansas State last weekend and will be joining former Illinois and Southern Illinois University Carbondale coach Bruce Weber's Wildcats next season.
"I made a decision to go to prep school for multiple reasons," said Harris, who is attending Fishburne Military Prep School in Waynesboro, Va., after averaging 17.5 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game at Edwardsville last season. "Nothing really different changed other than how the guys are seeing me now. I'm staying humble and kept working hard and stayed patient, so things are working out."
Harris said he also had offers from Missouri-Kansas City, Toledo and Delaware. While still at Edwardsville, he had offers from Chicago State and several other smaller Division I schools.
The son of Lewis & Clark basketball assistant coach Rob Harris and nephew of Tennessee assistant coach Jon Harris became sold on Kansas State fairly quickly.
"They have great facilities and great coaches," Tre Harris said of KSU, which finished 28-7 last season. "They're a winning program coming off the Big 12 championship last year, so they're doing a lot to grab my interest. I felt like that's where I wanted to be for the next four years.
"With Coach Weber, he's a very real coach. He's going to tell you what you need to work on and the things you're doing well."
Kansas State also is losing three senior guards in Will Spradling, Omari Lawrence and Shane Southwell.
Harris said he now weighs 195 pounds, up 15 pounds since the end of last season when he helped lead Edwardsville to a 31-3 record and third-place finish at the Class 4A state tournament.
How does he like the prep school life?
"It's been great," he said. "I found a place I love and can continue my career at. We're ranked in the top three in the nation and I'm playing with a lot of good guys and a lot of high-level competition every day."
Harris said prep school also has given him a chance to take his overall game to another level.
"I've definitely been working on my guard skills a lot and gotten better with the ball," he said. "I can score and contribute to the team in a lot of different ways."