Ursuline's Harris verbally commits to Pitt
By Dan Hiner
During the 2017-18 girls basketball season, college coaches were coming to Ursuline to see Dayshanette Harris. They weren’t from major schools and mostly came from mid-major programs.
Assistant coaches from the Horizon League visited, but Harris caught the attention of Pittsburgh head coach Lance White. Saturday, Harris, a senior, announced her verbal commitment to the Panthers.
Harris said her connection with White made the decision easier.
White is entering his first season as head coach after spending 15 seasons as an assistant at Florida State. He maintained constant communication with the Irish standout.
“Coach White would Facetime me every day,” Harris said. “He wanted to know how my day was going, not just to talk basketball.
“Not just every week or month, but every day. I feel like he’s one of my best friends.”
Harris has started at point guard since her freshman season and has been a force with the Irish. She’s impacted the game in all three phases: offense, defense and rebounding.
Last season, Harris averaged 24.6 points, 6.4 assists, five rebounds and four steals a game. She was named first-team All-Ohio Selection in Division II and was the All-Inland District Player of the Year.
Harris isn’t tall, she’s only 5 feet 7 inches, but was told she will stay at point guard.
Harris said the college commitment will take some pressure off. She’ll be more relaxed, but it won’t change her style of play.
Harris admits that she didn’t expect a chance at a Power 5 program. She always envisioned herself at a major program but never thought the opportunity would present itself.
“I wanted to go somewhere I could [contribute] and win,” Harris said.