New Mexico guard announces plans to transfer to Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas coach Mike Anderson announced the addition of 6-foot-2 New Mexico transfer Jalen Harris on Tuesday.

Harris will sit out the 2017-18 season and have three years of eligibility remaining.

“Jalen has good vision, quickness, the ability to score and make players around him better,” said Anderson. “He will have a chance to grow and develop during his redshirt year and make an impact on our team the following season. We are excited to have Jalen join our Razorback family.”

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Harris played 20.6 minutes per game for the Lobos, playing in all 31 contests and making 18 starts as a freshman. He averaged 4.5 points and 2.3 assists per game and scored a career-high 15 points against Nevada on Jan. 7, finishing one rebound shy of a double-double.

The Wilson, North Carolina native finished third on New Mexico’s squad with 2.3 assists per game, including a season-best eight dimes against Utah State on Jan. 4.

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He recorded a steal in 17 games, finishing second on the team with 25 takeaways, including a career-high three steals in two different contests.

Harris played his prep career under head coach Brian Clifton at Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, North Carolina.

He was rated a top-15 recruit in the state of North Carolina and led his high school team to a top-40 ranking in the state by MaxPreps.

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