Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Harris Commits to Bucknell, Wins Sportsmanship Award

Katherine Harris of Pinkerton Academy recently signed a scholarship Letter of Intent to play basketball at Division I Bucknell University. She was also presented with the John E. Burke Award which honors one girls basketball player in the whole state for superb sportsmanship.

The 5'7" point guard recently completed a very good 4 year career at Pinkerton in which she helped lead the Astros to the D-I state title game as a junior and being named a first team all-state selection as a senior. Harris is also the best defender in the state and played her AA ball for the NH Lady Bombers. Her goal was to play Division I college basketball. She has now achieved that goal.

Bucknell University plays in the Patriot League. They were one of a handful of Division I schools which was recruiting Harris to play for them. She will be the only NH native on the Bisons roster.

Harris is an unselfish, pass-first point guard. She has a very high basketball I.Q., knows how to run an offense and how to set up her teammates for scores. She also has the ability to drive to the rim and score and also knock down shots if the defense sags off her too much.

However Harris is best known for her defense, where she is a menace to whoever she is guarding. If you haven't seen Harris play defense you are missing out. She is so tenacious, so relentless and scrappy, both defending the ball and away from it. It's fun to watch.

She might not be the biggest, strongest, fastest or most athletic player out there. She doesn't go out there and score 20 points a game. But Harris has heart, she works hard, she's VERY smart and she flat out plays the game as hard as anybody.

Congratulations to Katherine, and best of luck at Bucknell!

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