'Quick and dynamic' Dante Harris joins Cavaliers
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Dante Harris burst onto the national scene two years ago leading Georgetown to a Big East Tournament title, now the former Hoya guard will bring a new dynamic to Virginia in the future.
"He's an exciting player, very quick and dynamic," UVA men's basketball coach Tony Bennett said, "His first two years at Georgetown did some good things, they had some struggles at times, but he I believe his first year, his freshman year was the MVP of the Big East Tourney.
Harris was on the bench for his first game as the Cavaliers beat Syracuse and Bennett became the program's winningest coach.
The 6'0" guard will enroll at UVA for the spring semester, but will sit out the rest of this season before having three years of eligibility remaining starting in 2023-24. In 55 games at Georgetown, Harris averaged 10 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists, while shooting 26.8 percent from three and 79.8 percent from the free throw line.
With current point guards Kihei Clark exhausting his eligibility after this season and Reece Beekman hearing his name in NBA Draft chatter, Harris provides Bennett and the Cavaliers an option in the lead-ball handling role moving forward.
"He's quick, touches the paint and is a competitor and loves the game," Bennett said, "So we're excited he's here, he's practiced a couple times and it's good to see. Talk about quick, he and Kihei and Reece on the floor going against each other."
By joining Virginia now as opposed to the summer, Harris has already started practicing with UVA and will be a part of their green team practice squad this year. While Harris helps Virginia prepare, he will also get an extra semester in Bennett's program to learn the systems and develop.
"Helps us prepare when he's out there for the teams we're playing," Bennett said, "And he can really use, kind of an advantage to come in mid-year to get used to us, our program lifting wise and just comfortable with the guys."