Jalen Harris entering NCAA transfer portal

By: Scottie Bordelon
Published: Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Arkansas guard Jalen Harris against Kentucky during an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in Fayetteville. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
Arkansas guard Jalen Harris against Kentucky during an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in Fayetteville. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas guard Jalen Harris is entering the NCAA transfer portal, according to a post on his Twitter account on Tuesday.

“These past 3 years as an Arkansas Razorback have been the best years of my life,” Harris wrote. “Thank you to my teammates who have supported me along the way. A special thank you to the coaches for believing in me and pushing me to get better each day.

“Playing in the Bud is something that I’ll cherish forever.”

Harris noted he is entering the portal as a graduate transfer. He has one season of eligibility remaining.

The Wilson, N.C., native transferred to Arkansas prior to the 2017-18 season after playing one year at New Mexico. In two seasons with the Razorbacks, Harris averaged 6.0 points, 4.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game.

Harris started all 34 of Arkansas’ games in 2018-19 under former coach Mike Anderson and averaged 7.6 points and 5.6 assists per game. Under first-year coach Eric Musselman, his role changed and he started only five of 32 games.

Harris saw his minutes reduced from 30.8 per game as a sophomore to 24.3 as a junior. He shot 28 percent from 3-point range in 2019-20, up from 11.6 percent the year prior, and contributed 4.2 points and 2.4 assists.

As a Razorback, Harris recorded a pair of double-doubles - 11 points, 11 assists vs. Montana State in Nov. 2018 and 11 points, 10 assists against Texas-San Antonio in North Little Rock the following month - and finished with 10-plus assists in a game five times.

His 189 assists in 2018-19 were seventh most in a season in program history.

Harris is the third Arkansas player to enter the transfer portal since Musselman was hired last April, joining Ibby Ali (Tulane) and Justice Hill (Salt Lake Community College). His departure leaves one scholarship open for 2020-21.

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