STrib: Jamir Harris' patience, hard work rewarded by Gophers


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Nov 11, 2008
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After the Gophers’ exciting overtime at Penn State on Monday night, Richard Pitino saw freshman Jamir Harris hug his parents and younger brothers who drove in from New Jersey to see him have a big game on his 20th birthday.

The guard was averaging 1.2 points and eight minutes in Big Ten play, but he scored a career-high 16 points, including a team-best 10 in overtime, in a 95-84 victory.

A positive attitude and consistency in practice made the Gophers basketball coach go with Harris in the starting lineup for a spark against the Nittany Lions.

“He is a worker,” Pitino said. “It does not matter if he doesn’t play a second or if he plays 36 minutes. He is going to have a great attitude, and he is going to work. That’s what I love about him, and that’s why I gave him the start.”

Freshman guard Isaiah Washington had started a few times this season, so he seemed the most likely insert Pitino would make after three consecutive losses. Instead, Monday’s decision to start Harris took a lot of people by surprise, including Penn State.

“He deserves success,” Pitino said. “Sometimes it takes longer than others.”

Go Gophers!!
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