KU’s Dajuan Harris headed to Spain in August with USA all-star team
photo by: Associated Press
Kansas point guard Dajuan Harris is scheduled to head to Spain in August to play for the USA East Coast all-star Red team in a series of games against international competition.
Harris, who is set to enter his third year with the Jayhawks during the 2021-22 season, will play for a team led by former Kansas coach Larry Brown, who recently joined Penny Hardaway’s staff at Memphis.
Joining Harris on the Red team are brothers Buddy and Jimmy Boeheim, of Syracuse, Western Connecticut State’s Matthew Turner, Paul Mulcahy (Rutgers), Matthew Kelly (Assumption), Alyn Breed (Providence), Joey Baker (Duke), Evan Battey (Colorado) and Patrick McCaffery (Iowa).
The team will be joined by a White team and a Blue team and all three will face teams from Spain and France in both Valencia and Barcelona in early August.
Harris and the rest of the roster will report to training camp at Manhattan College in New York City on July 31.
According to the website for the USA East Coast all-star team (formerly known as the East Coast All Stars), the program was founded in 2006 by Guy Rancourt and it has become “college basketball’s unofficial study abroad program.”
USA East Coast has represented the United States in 15 countries and worked closely with USA Basketball to help teams from the U.S. prepare for international play.
“Guy is not only a good basketball coach but a good friend,” Brown said in a testimonial on the website. “Our experiences with USA Basketball over the last several years have shown he teaches the game the right way. It makes me happy to know Guy is continuing to educate young men on and off the court.”
Rancourt will be one of two assistants working with Brown and the Red team next month. Columbia’s Jim Engles is the other assistant coach.
Harris is one of two sophomores on a roster full of college juniors and seniors.
He averaged 2.4 points and 2.2 assists in 16 minutes per game last season while playing in all 30 games for the Jayhawks. He ranked second on the team with 65 assists and swiped 29 steals, the most by a non-starter.