After a season that saw him break the 1,000-point barrier at County College of Morris (CCM), Titans sophomore point guard Ryan Harris, of Randolph, has been named to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Men’s Basketball All-America Second Team.
“I felt so happy and blessed to receive this recognition,” said Harris, a criminal justice major at CCM. “At the same time, I plan on using it to motivate me to become even better and make a national first team in the future.”
Harris finished the season averaging 25 points per game, tied for third in NJCAA Division II. For his efforts, he was also named to the Region XIX First Team and the All-Garden State Athletic Conference First Team.
Harris currently stands third all-time on the CCM scoring list at 1,169 total points behind Derick Washington (1,257) and Peter Balfour (1,329). Earlier this season he became just the fifth player in Titans history to break the 1,000-point barrier after scoring 34 against Valley Forge on February 5. Harris was particularly proud of the accomplishment, saying it was the first time he had reached the milestone on any level.
The team honored Harris with a 1,000-point ball commemorating his accomplishment on February 7, prior to their game against Harcum College.
“Ryan is a quality young man who has accomplished a lot in his two years as a Titan,” said Jack Sullivan, CCM director of athletics. “We wish him the best of luck moving forward. I am sure he will have continued success at the four-year level and beyond.”
Harris is quick to thank his coaches and teammates at CCM for making his accomplishments possible.
“My teammates and coaches mean everything to me,” he said. “My coaches didn’t have to play me. My teammates didn’t have to set screens for me or pass me the ball. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without their help.”
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Photo: Ryan Harris, a criminal justice major at County College of Morris, was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association Men’s Basketball All-America Second Team.