BETHANY — Back when he was a skinny 5-foot-10 freshman at Midwest City, Omega Harris earned a starting job because of his ability to see the basketball court, distribute the ball and play defense.
After moving to Putnam City West, Harris’ game only expanded as he became one of the most feared scorers in the state. He could drive to the basket seemingly at will, or knock down 3-pointers from deep.
Harris averaged 18.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists as a senior, leading PC West to a state runner-up finish and earning The Oklahoman’s Big All-City Boys Player of the Year honors.
Though his game and his body have changed — he’s now a muscular 6-foot-3 — Harris hasn’t lost those skills that made him special as a freshman. And they’re going to be called on once again as he prepares for his college career at UTEP under coach Tim Floyd.
“Playing point guard is what I was born to do,” Harris said. “I can go score when I want, but I like to set the offense up.
“When I made my college decision, I wanted to go where I was needed. They needed a point guard, and I’m gonna bring them a point guard.”
Of course, the point guard Harris has become is more out of the Russell Westbrook mold, a distributor who can slash, shoot and create for himself or others.