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Angela Harris: "I signed with K-State"
POSTED: June 25, 2019 -- 7:55 p.m. CT
Monday evening, Angela Harris, former University of Houston guard, contacted me and let me she know she signed with Kansas State University to continue her academic and athletic college career.
"I signed with K-State this morning," Harris said. "Thanks for covering me and the team (Houston Cougars) these last few years."
Last month, Harris decided to enter the NCAA Transfer portal and transfer from the University of Houston to attend another university.
"I'm just looking for a school that, of course, has a chance to make the (NCAA) Tournament," Harris told me in May. "I'm not leaving the University of Houston to not play in the Tournament; so, that's pretty much it."
Harris, 5'6", graduated from Cy Fair High School in Cy Fair, TX -- a Houston suburb. She played three season at UH and earned American Athletic Conference honors all three seasons: she was named to the AAC All Freshman Team in 2016-'17; and, she earned back-to-back All-AAC Third Team honors in 2017-'18 and 2018-'19.
Signing with K-State will give Harris a chance to accomplish one of the main reasons she transferred from UH: to reach the NCAA Tournament.
"I always wanted to go to grad school at UH," Harris admitted. "But, when the opportunity arose for me to play in a bigger conference, it's hard to pass up."
Harris scored the 1,000 point of her college career this past season and led the Cougars in assists, steals, and three-point attempts.
K-State finished 21-12 last season overall (11-7, tied for 4th, in the Big 12). K-State announced Harris' addition to the program this afternoon.
Since Harris graduated from Houston in three years, she's immediately eligible for K-State for the 2019-'20 season.
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Harris is not quite used to her new team. Once, when she referred to the Wildcats' non-conference schedule, she said, "They (instead of we) have a really good schedule this year."
The Wildcats have announced four non-conference games for the upcoming 2019-'19 season: Friday, November 29, versus Memphis (former AAC opponent for Harris), in the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas. Then, the Wildcats will face either LSU or Michigan State Saturday, November 30.
"I've never been to the Bahamas before," Harris acknowledged. "We also play at Arkansas."
K-State will face Arkansas Saturday, December 7, in a Big 12 / SEC Challenge match-up; and, on December 21, K-State will head to Eugene, OR, to face the Oregon Ducks. Oregon is projected to be the preseason number 1 team in women's college basketball.
"Most definitely. Oregon, of course, will probably be pre-season number 1."
K-State Head Coach Jeff Mittie said, "I like Angela's ability to impact the game both offensively and defensively. She can play both guard spots with her ability to distribute and score. She and her family are great fits for our program."
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