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Big All-City Boys Basketball Player of the Year: Omega Harris plans to bring UTEP the point guard it needed

Though his game and his body have changed — he’s now a muscular 6-foot-3 — Putnam City West’s Omega Harris hasn’t lost the skills that made him special as a skinny freshman. And they’re going to be called on once again as he prepares for his college career at UTEP under coach Tim Floyd.
by Scott Wright Published: April 11, 2014
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“You can’t hold a thoroughbred back,” PC West coach Lenny Bert said. “He’s strong, athletic, he can shoot the ball. He can be that type of point guard who can do a lot of things for you.”

Outsiders might question Harris’ character, because of a midseason suspension for a violation of school rules. He missed two weeks of class and multiple basketball games. But off-court behavior has never been a real concern with Harris.

“He was never in trouble once in three years playing for me,” Bert said. “He’s a good student and a good kid.”

And the hardest worker Bert has ever been around in 14 years as a coach.

“He puts people in awe with the way he works out,” Bert said. “But it’s not work to him. He thrives off of doing it. Running, lifting, getting up shots, whatever. I’ve never seen a work ethic like it.

“I’ve been around a lot of guys who had NBA potential. I’m not saying Omega is going to the NBA, but I don’t know what his limit is. Once he matures, the sky’s the limit.”