This season’s roster for Grand Valley State University’s men’s basketball team has a good number of returning seniors in managerial positions, one of which includes senior guard Jordan Harris. For a team to succeed, the coach always needs a leader. This is where Harris seems to have found his footing.
The 6’1″ 170-pound guard is a big part of GVSU basketball’s success so far this season. Harris transferred to GVSU in 2020 after two years at Adrian College. In his second year there, he led the team in minutes played with 860 and fell three off the team lead for a career-high 430 total points.
“My first day on campus (of GVSU) was my first time on campus,” Harris said. “I didn’t have the chance to meet the team or anything before coming here. My first day here was meeting the team and seeing the campus and stuff. I was a little surprised by the campus and my teammates.
Last season, Harris made his Laker debut on January 9, 2021 against Saginaw Valley State University. He started all 19 games averaging 12.7 points and 3.5 rebounds in 33 minutes per game, and became the player coach Ric Wesley expected of him.
“The best thing about Jordan is he’s a very focused, everyday guy,” assistant coach Taylor Johnson said. “He is so focused and wants to win so much; he wants to help the team whether it’s passing, defending, shooting. He’ll do anything you ask, so it’s a pleasure to have him on the team and definitely the most focused guy day in and day out.
The hard work and dedication continued throughout the year, helping his side to 12-3 on aggregate and 6-2 at GLIAC midway through this season. Harris is averaging 10.9 points and a team-high 60 assists so far this season. Even with the good start, Harris said it wasn’t the best they could be.
“I think we have a really good team for sure,” Harris said. “I don’t think we’ve played our best basketball yet, but I know it’s coming. We have to keep digging in, taking it one game at a time and finding a way to win every time we play.
Now here for her second year at GVSU, Harris has embraced the leadership role. The fifth-year senior using his COVID-19 eligibility has helped the coaching staff and his teammates a lot this season.
“As a point guard, I always have to be vocal,” Harris said. “(I) answer and ask questions if I am unsure and be humble. Being a little older than the young people, when they come to ask me questions, they send the same questions back to them.
With 12 regular season games remaining on the schedule, Harris says he looks forward to the rest of the season and expects the team to perform at their best every time they are on the field. .
“I just can’t wait to have fun with my brothers and make sure we get out there and get some wins,” Harris said. “These are our greatest things; we don’t want this season to be full of ups and downs, we want a lot of upside for this season and I think it’s just going to come from being focused and making sure we’re ready every day. Take it one day at a time; just make sure we are improving every day.
Harris will be graduating from GVSU in April and says his main goal is to play professional basketball after this year. However, his biggest goal is to keep working.
“I don’t know where or how it’s going to happen,” Harris said. “I don’t know yet what I would like to do outside of basketball, but my biggest goal is to keep working to find something that will allow me to continue playing basketball after this year. But right now, we there’s a lot of season left, so I’m just trying to focus on that and I’ll deal with that after.