Four Star Sencire Harris Expected to Join Mountaineers

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — Earlier today, former four star recruit Sencire Harris announced that he was leaving the Illinois basketball program and entering the transfer portal. Harris, a 6’3 guard from Akron, Ohio, is known for his energy and effort defensively, and was ranked as high as the #62 prospect in the nation out of high school across different media outlets.

As a freshman at Illinois, Harris averaged 3.7 points and 2.1 rebounds per game, and then redshirted last season with a knee injury. Now, Illinois assistant Chester Frazier on his way to Morgantown, Harris is expected to follow him to play for the Mountaineers.

According to Fox Illinois & News Channel 20 Sports Director Dante Furco, Harris is believed to be headed to West Virginia. “I’m told that Harris was truly committed to staying, but Chester Frazier’s departure led to a change in mind. He has a great relationship with Frazier.”

Although Chester Frazier hasn’t formally been announced as the new assistant coach at West Virginia, he is reportedly working behind the scenes and is expected to bring at least a couple of players from Illinois with him. In addition to Sencire Harris, former four star Amani Hansberry is also a player to watch to make the move to WVU.

Hansberry, a 6’8 forward from Baltimore, Maryland, is also a former four star recruit who has a tremendous relationship with Frazier. He was the 2023 Maryland Player of the Year. He averaged 2.4 points and 2.1 rebounds per game as a freshman in limited minutes last season, but he has huge upside and could potentially develop into a star player at West Virginia.

According to 247’s Director of Scouting Adam Finkelstein, “Hansberry has some of the best hands in high school basketball, excellent footwork, and a very high acumen for the game. While he doesn’t have elite size or explosiveness, he’s versatile and able to impact winning in a variety of ways. He’s a scoring threat with both hands around the rim, poised in the post, crafty with his use of fakes, able to create space with his broad shoulders, and a very good passer from multiple spots on the floor. Simultaneously, he’s a reliable free-throw shooter and continuing to expand his face-up game, without sacrificing his efficiency. He’s a high-volume rebounder, able to win 50-50 balls because of his length and hands, and in all the right spots on both ends of the floor.”

With Frazier likely bringing at least two possible starters with him when he’s officially announced as West Virginia’s top assistant coach, the Mountaineers are on their way to putting together an outstanding starting lineup for the 2024-2025 season.

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