Junior point guard Dante Harris has committed to transfer to Virginia. After a few months away from the Georgetown Hoyas team due to “personal reasons,” Harris entered the transfer portal and he ultimately has chosen to continue his collegiate basketball career with UVA and Tony Bennett.
Breaking: Georgetown transfer Dante Harris has committed to Virginia, he tells me.— Joe Tipton (@TiptonEdits) December 18, 2022
Averaged 11.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 4.1 assists during the 2021-22 season.
Harris discusses his decision here: https://t.co/q6Jbt2JYpG pic.twitter.com/aqgarWxh3R
Earlier this month, Georgetown confirmed to Bobby Bancroft that Harris had submitted his name to the transfer portal.
Harris is only the second BET MOP to transfer joining Scoonie Penn - Boston College 1997.— Bobby Bancroft (@BobbyBancroft) December 6, 2022
Penn followed his coach Jim O'Brien to Ohio State.
On Sunday, Joe Tipton reported that “Harris plans to play for the Cavaliers beginning next season and will have three years of eligibility remaining.”
Harris also told Tipton that “Coach (Tony) Bennett is a great coach and one of the best in the business. He says he runs his program through God’s word, which is very big for me. I’m huge on the scripture and to have a coach that runs his program through the Lord. What else can you ask for?”
Harris will be best known for his 2021 freshman efforts that carried the Hoyas through the BIG EAST Tournament as the awarded Most Outstanding Player into the NCAA Tournament.
BREAKING Georgetown guard Dante Harris has entered the NCAA transfer portal, per @mzenitz.— On3 (@On3sports) December 3, 2022
Story: https://t.co/hUv5XSsvDp pic.twitter.com/R1Q7q1W6Qy
Unfortunately, the ensuing winless conference season that followed for the Hoyas forced a complete overhaul of the Georgetown roster. Last spring, Ewing shed 6 players to the portal and added in 8 transfers and two freshmen. Harris was expected to be the only returning starter, but he never played a game.
Many fans have been pointing to the addition of Duquesne point guard Primo Spears as an exterior catalyst for Harris’ decision to leave, but additions of guards Brandon Murray and Jay Heath likely also spelled a reduced role for Dante.
While Dante Harris is no longer listed on the roster, there have been no formal announcements from GUHoyas.com.
"Unfortunately, [Dante Harris is] a career 26.8% shooter from three and 36.5% from the field. That said, that was on relatively high volume in a bad Georgetown system." https://t.co/2zj6WMvr5M— Bobby Bancroft (@BobbyBancroft) December 19, 2022
In 2021-22, Harris averaged 11.9 points per game in 32.2 minutes per game, with 4.1 assists and 2.6 turnovers. Last year, he shot 37% from the field and 27.5% from three. In 2020-21, Harris averaged 8.0 points per game in 30.3 minutes per game, with 3.2 assists, and shot 35% from the field and 26% from three.
Harris will always be remembered for leading the BIG EAST Tournament Championship team, but his game unfortunately followed a path of a few other guards under Patrick Ewing who carried low field goal percentages with inconsistent assist and turnover statistics.
Ultimately, Ewing promised the world to each of his recruits and failed to uphold his end of the bargain, leading to their transfers.
Harris joins Ewing-era (2017-2022) transfers Donald Carey, Collin Holloway, Tyler Beard, Timothy Ighoefe, Jalin Billingsley, Kobe Clark, Jamari Sibley, T.J. Berger, Mac McClung, James Akinjo, Josh LeBlanc, Galen Alexander, Myron Gardner, Grayson Carter, Antwan Walker, Chris Sodom, and Qudus Wahab (returned).
CHAMPION HOYA 4 LIFE #DanteHarris pic.twitter.com/tmtEGqiMtM— Hoya Destroya (@Hoya4Life78) December 5, 2022
Best of luck to Dante. We wish him well.