CANMORE, Alta. — It was quite a week for the Jacksonville Dolphins.
Not only did the Dolphins put together a 3-1 record over the past seven days, including a 2-1 record at the Wright State MTE in Dayton, OH, but they also cleaned house in terms of the weekly Atlantic Sun awards. Jace Hogan picked up Newcomer of the Week honours, while Devin Harris nabbed Player of the Week honours.
Their week ended up on a high note, as they picked up a big win over the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs in triple-overtime, 106-99. Harris played an impressive 52 minutes on the day, leading the Dolphins to the impressive victory to close out a strong week for the team across the board.
Over the course of the week, Harris has three games with 20+ points, while also recording his first two double-doubles to open the week. He was a force on both ends of the floor, and Jacksonville fans wanted to show their support for the senior from Tampa, Florida.
For his efforts this past week, a stretch that saw him record 23 or more points three times, senior guard Devin Harris has been selected by the fans as the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week for November 20-26, 2017!
Harris received the most votes in our weekly Twitter poll. Akolda Manyang (Utah Valley), Matt Scott (Niagara), and Isaiah Wright (San Diego) were also in the running.
The Dolphins entered the week on a three game losing streak, with their most recent loss coming at the hands of the North Carolina A&T Aggies in overtime, 90-82. Harris and company came out this week looking to get on the right track, and they did so in a big way.
Up first, the Dolphins took on Webber International in their second home contest of the season. Harris made sure that the Dolphins came away with their first victory of the year, as he recorded his first double-double of the season to guide Jacksonville to the 88-70 win.
On 8-of-11 shooting, Harris recorded 23 points, while also pulling down 11 rebounds to pace the offensive attack for the Dolphins. Harris also added five assists, and was a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line.
From there, the Dolphins took their talents to Dayton, OH to take part in the Wright State MTE. Jacksonville had games against the Fairfield Stags, Wright State, and Gardner-Webb over the weekend.
Against Fairfield on Thursday, Harris followed up Monday’s performance with his second straight double-double, leading the Dolphins to the 92-84 victory. He recorded 24 points, on 5-of-10 shooting from the floor, and 10 rebounds in the victory. Once again, Harris recorded five assists, and he finished 12-of-17 from the free throw line.
Saturday’s game against the Raiders wasn’t the best offensive performance of Harris’ career, as he was limited to just five points in the Dolphins’ 68-44 loss. However, Harris did record six rebounds and seven assists for a solid stat line across the board.
Harris saved his best performance for Sunday against the Runnin’ Bulldogs.
The Dolphins needed triple overtime against Gardner-Webb, but they came away with the 106-99 decision to close out their week with a 3-1 record overall. Harris played 52 of 55 minutes against the Runnin’ Bulldogs, recording a season-high 25 points in the process.
He flirted with a triple-double in the win, adding nine rebounds and eight assists. Harris was also 7-of-12 from the field and 11-of-16 from the free throw line. It was a fitting performance to cap off a strong week for both Harris and the Dolphins as a whole, who improved their record to 3-4 on the season.
For the week, Harris averaged 19.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, 6.3 assists, and 2.0 steals per game, while shooting a combined 20-for-36 (55.6%) from the floor. He is now second on the team in scoring through two weeks, averaging 15.7 points to go along with 8.0 rebounds and 5.6 assists.
Harris is in his second season with the Dolphins after transferring from the East Tennessee State Buccaneers following the 2014-15 season. He is one of the top guards in the Atlantic Sun, but doesn’t get the praise he deserves on a regular basis. He adds a veteran presence to a Dolphins team that features five freshmen and two sophomores.
At this pace, Harris is in for a career year to close out his collegiate career at Jacksonville.
For his efforts over the past seven days, a stretch that saw the senior average 19.3 points and nine rebounds per game, fans took notice and selected Jacksonville guard Devin Harris as the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week for November 20 – 26, 2017!
– T. Bennett
Nov. 13 – 19, 2017: Isaiah Reese, Canisius Golden Griffins
Nov. 10 – 12, 2017: Zach Johnson, Florida Gulf Coast Eagles
**College Court Report Player of the Week recipients are selected from teams in the following conferences:
America East, Atlantic Sun, Atlantic 10, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Conference USA, Horizon League, Ivy League, MAAC, MAC, MEAC, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot League, Southern, Southland, Summit League, SWAC, Sun Belt, West Coast, and WAC