Like a lot of high school basketball players in Ohio, Dayshanette Harris looks up to — and compares herself to — LeBron James.

When it comes to the Cleveland Cavaliers star, it’s the intangibles when it comes to modeling her game after him.

“That’s what I’m reaching for. I may not be LeBron James right now, but it’s who I want to be,” Harris said. “It’s his leadership. Every night, no matter who they face or what type of game it is, he comes out the same exact way. He looks to get his team involved.

“He never talks bad about his teammates and that’s what I like.”

Harris has been a lineup mainstay with Ursuline since her freshman season. But with this year’s Irish squad lacking seniors, the junior guard took over as a leader of the team.

Her individual numbers were superb — 24.6 points, 6.4 assists, five rebounds and four steals a game — and cemented her status as the Mahoning Valley’s best player and among the best in Ohio. She was a first-team All-Ohio Selection in Division II and was the All-Inland District Player of the Year.

“I don’t go out and plan to score. How many points I score in a game just happens that way,” Harris said. “I try to get my team involved.”

Harris has been getting attention from Division I colleges during the season. Representatives from Youngstown State and Duquesne have been to Ursuline games.

“I kind of stayed away from it during the season so I wouldn’t be distracted,” Harris said. “It’s getting tougher with the season over. They’re contacting me a lot more.

“I have great people around who help me go through it.”

A lot of her support comes from her older brother, Daylen, who graduated from Ursuline last year.

Ursuline went 13-10 this past season and lost to Poland, 50-49, in overtime in a sectional final. It was a setback for the Irish after winning a district title last season.

“It’s a lesson and we’re going to build on this become better on and off the court because of it. We’ll always remember the day we lost to Poland,” Harris said. “We’re looking forward to bigger things and bigger blessings.”

Brian Dzenis

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