Freshman Amir Harris brings size and versatility to the Husker backcourt and could contend for playing time early in his career. The 6-foot-6 guard has the ability and athleticism to defend several positions, and the Husker coaches hope that he continues his development track early in his college career. As a senior in high school, he averaged 11.5 points, 6.4 assists and 6.3 rebounds per game, including a 13-assist performance in his conference title game as a senior.
Harris was one of the top players in the mid-Atlantic region playing for Coach Dan Prete at St. James School in Hagerstown, Md. Harris was a three-star recruit by both Rivals and 247Sports and was ranked by Rivals as the No. 32 point guard in the class of 2018.
As a senior, he averaged 11.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.4 blocks per game, as St. James went 19-11 and won the Mid-Atlantic Conference Tournament Championship. Harris showed his versatility in the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Conference championship, totaling 11 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds. For his efforts, he was the Hagerstown Herald-Mail Player of the Year and a first-team DMVelite All-Maryland Team selection in 2017-18.
He was a three-time all-county selection during his high school career. As a junior, Harris helped St. Maria Goretti High School to a 29-9 record, averageing 8.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.3 steals per game and leading the team in both assists (4.3 pg) and blocks (1.3 pg). During his sophomore campaign, he chipped in 12.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.1 steals per game for South Hagerstown High School, earning all-county honors for the first time. He played AAU basketball for New World and Coach Renard Phillips.
Harris shined in the classroom, carrying a 4.0 GPA throughout his high school career. He also looked at Rhode Island and Auburn before selecting Nebraska.
Harris is the son of Lee and Chante Harris and was born on July 14, 2000, in Frederick, Md. Harris is the oldest of five kids with three younger brothers, Avani, Avree and Ace, and one younger sister, Atoria. Harris is a marketing major at Nebraska.