UIC Basketball Adds Fifth-Year Transfer Jay Harris from Wagner

Jay Harris will have immediate eligibility for the Flames.
Jay Harris will have immediate eligibility for the Flames.

July 17, 2014

CHICAGO – UIC Head Basketball Coach Howard Moore announced the addition of Jay Harris to the Flames’ 2014-15 roster on Thursday afternoon.  Harris, a fifth-year transfer student from Wagner, has immediate eligibility and will attend graduate school at UIC for his final collegiate season.

The Aurora, Ill., native averaged 10.3 points per game for the Seahawks last season and shot nearly 39 percent from three-point range.

“Jay will add tremendous experience to our program,” said Moore.  “He has played and excelled in several high-pressure games throughout his career and he will serve as a great resource to our underclassmen and newcomers.  He’s a fantastic shooter and the ultimate competitor.”

Harris scored in double figures on 13 occasions during the 2013-14 season, including a career-high 23 points against Lafayette on seven made treys.  The six-foot one-inch guard also averaged 2.8 assists and 2.8 rebounds last year and shot almost 90 percent from the free throw line.

Harris began his collegiate career at fellow Horizon League-member Valparaiso.  He helped the Crusaders post back-to-back 20-plus win seasons and a conference regular season title during the 2011-12 campaign.  He scored 458 points and played in 66 games while at Valpo, averaging nine points per contest during his sophomore season.

Coming out of Oswego East High School in the Class of 2010, Harris was the No. 22 rated point guard in the nation according to ESPN/Scouts Inc.   He was also tabbed as the fifth-best prospect in the state of Illinois and earned first team All-State honors by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association.



In related news, guard Grant Sims has been granted a release from UIC.  The Bloomington, Ind. native signed his NLI with the Flames in November of 2013 and would have been a true freshman for the 2014-15 season.

With the addition of Harris, UIC houses six newcomers for the 2014-15 season.  He joins three other transfers, including point guard D’Juan Miller (Eastern Arizona College), center Kaylen Shane (John A. Logan College) and forward Jason McClellan (Eastern Wyoming College).  UIC also welcomes two incoming freshmen in center Tai Odiase (Flossmoor, Ill./ Homewood-Flossmoor) and forward David Ramon (Madrid, Spain/Virgen de Atocha).

List of Newcomers for 2014-15 Season
Tai Odiase - Fr., F/C, 6-9 (Flossmoor, Ill./Homewood-Flossmoor)
D’Juan Miller – Jr., PG, 5-8 (Kent Wash./Eastern Arizona College)
Kaylen Shane – Jr., C, 6-10 (Chicago, Ill./John A. Logan College)
David Ramon – Fr., F, 6-7 (Madrid, Spain/ Virgen de Atocha)
Jason McClellan – Jr., F, 6-9 (Fort Collins, Colo./Eastern Wyoming College)
Jay Harris – 5th-Sr., G, 6-1 (Aurora, Ill./Wagner)