David Harris ready for great year

By Andrew LaChapelle - Staff Reporter

Highline men's basketball freshman David Harris has been a star early on for the T-Birds.

Harris, from Tacoma and who played at Lincoln High School last year, is a young leader for the T-Birds who's ready to bring a title back to Highline. The T-Bird's last NWAC title was in 2006, but Harris has put winning a title at the top of his goals.

"I want to help Highline win an NWAC title. I want to win a lot of games while I'm here," said Harris. 

Harris was recruited by Highline Head Coach Che Dawson who he clicked with as soon as they met.

"Coach Dawson is really an amazing coach. He was one of the few that sought after me and gave me a chance," said Harris.

Harris is 6'4, "around average for a basketball player, yet he makes up for it with his athleticism as he can pull up from deep or drive in the paint with ease. 

Harris through the first two games has averaged 21.5 points per game while shooting 64 percent from three point range, but credits his success to his teammates.

"All the credit to my teammates setting me up, getting me good looks," said Harris.

For as good of a basetball player as Harris is, he's focused on the team aspect of the game rather than himself.

His humble attitude and demeanor can be traced back to his days at Lincoln. In his senior year, he helped the Abes to an undefeated regular season and a West Centeral District 3 title.  Harris was a key contributer for the Abes but admits he played a background role to some of his teammates who are now currently Division 1 players. 

"I played a fifth man role. We had some really elite players at Lincoln. We only lost one game all year," said Harris. 

When the Abes got to the playoffs they met Nathan Hale in the quarterfinals, the No.1 ranked team in the country with some elite future division 1 players. Lincoln went on to lose the game but Harris insists the opportunity is one he won't forget.

"We were hyped up, it was really fun to guard the best player in the country and we gave them a great game," said Harris.

Harris is currently majoring in biology and plans to transfer to a four-year after his time at Highline. He insists that the key to his success in the classroom is all about time management. 

"I turn down the social life and I'm in the library pretty often," he said.

Academics play a big role in Harris's life and he wants to make sure that it stays that way even when he does go to the next level. 

"I'd love to play at a four-year but it has to align with my academics, definitely has to be the right fit," Harris said.

As for now, Harris is focused on getting Highline back to the playoffs.

"We all have to buy in. I think if we can do that we can make a deep run," said Harris.

Harris and the T-Birds return to action tonight at home versus the Seattle Mountaineers, a semi-professional basketball club, at 7 p.m. Admission is free to students, staff and faculty with college ID. Non-college adult admission is $6 and youth younger than 18 get in free.

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