Harris Named First-Team All-Patriot League
March 1, 2010
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Navy men's basketball guard Chris Harris has added yet another honor to a stellar senior season, being named first-team All-Patriot League, the league office announced on Monday. It marks the third straight year that Harris was named to the All-Patriot League team, as he was named to the second team in both the 2008 and 2009 seasons.
Harris joins Chris Williams as Navy's three-time honorees on the All-Patriot League teams. Williams was named to the first team in 1999, 2000 and 2001. He also becomes the seventh Navy player to earn first-team All-Patriot League honors, and it is the third straight year that Navy has had a player earn first-team accolades (Greg Sprink in 2008; Kaleo Kina in 2009).
Harris was joined on the first team by Lehigh freshman C.J. McCollum, American's Vlad Moldoveanu, Lafayette's Jared Mintz and Colgate's Kyle Roemer. McCollum became the first freshman in league history to win Player of the Year honors.
Harris, a 6-2, 185-pound guard from Mechanicsville, Va., is the Patriot League's leading scorer at 21.1 ppg, ranking 18th nationally. Harris gives the Navy basketball program a nearly-unprecedented run in NCAA history, as he is the third different Navy player to lead the Patriot League in scoring in the last four years (Greg Sprink in 2007 and 2008; Kaleo Kina in 2009). Only Murray State, which had three players lead the Ohio Valley Conference in four years from 1995-98, can lay claim to that feat.
Harris also leads the Patriot League in three-pointers made per game (2.9 / 27th nationally) and steals (2.0 / 37th nationally) and is second in free throw percentage at 87.1 percent (25th nationally).
His one of four players in school history (David Robinson, Greg Sprink and John Clune) to score 600 points in a season, while ranking 11th on the Navy single-season list with a 21.1 points per game average. His 84 three-pointers this year are the third most in a season in school history, behind just his 91 he made as a sophomore and the 85 triples he connected on a year ago. In addition, his 176 free throws made are the fourth most in a season in school history and ranks ninth among all players nationally. His 87.1 free throw percentage is the third-highest percentage in school history and he needs just two more steals to move into the single-season top five list, currently with 58.
Harris has scored in double figures in 28-of-29 games, including a 27-game stretch to start the season, the fifth-longest streak in school history. He has scored at least 30 points in a game five times this year, including a Navy-conference record 40 points in an 85-78 win over Lehigh in early February, the most for a Navy player since David Robinson had 50 against Michigan on March 12, 1987, and the 11th most in school history. In that contest, he had eight three-pointers, tied for the third most in a game in Navy's history.
For his career, Harris ranks fifth on the career scoring list with 1,615 points, ranking 13th all-time in the Patriot League annals. His 284 career three-pointers are the program's best by almost 50 three-pointers (Greg Sprink - 237), and he ranks third all-time in career free throw percentage (.847). He is one of two Navy players (Kaleo Kina) to score 1,500 points, dish out 250 assists and grab 150 steals in a career. He has played in 119 games (90 career starts; 88 of last 89 games), the fifth most in program history, while his 3,409 minutes played are the fourth most in Navy history. In addition, he is one of two Patriot League players (Bucknell's Kevin Bettencourt) to rank in the Patriot League record books for points (13th), steals (13th), three-pointers made (5th) and free throw percentage (3rd).
Harris led Navy to a 13-16 overall mark and a 7-7 record in the Patriot League, good for a fourth-place tie in the league standings.
Navy will travel to fourth-seeded American for the Patriot League Quarterfinals on Wednesday night at 7:30 pm at Bender Arena in Washington, D.C. Tickets are available at the door for $12 for adults and $6 for students 17 and under.
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