Sophomore guard Matt Kenney suffered a concussion in a recent game with Ball State, leading to more playing time for Valparaiso freshman Jay Harris (Oswego East). The former Wolves' sharpshooter responded with a career-high 14 points in 18 minutes in a loss to Butler.
According to a report by Mark Lazerus for our sister paper, the Post-Tribune, in northwest Indiana:
At 6-1, 155 pounds -- and at age 18, still young enough to be a high school senior -- Harris has been physically overmatched at times playing against full-grown men. But he's been getting more and more confident with every game.
"He's learning the physicality of the game," Drew said. "It's hard for all freshmen -- the game is faster, it's more physical. And freshmen have that adjustment period, like Jay has. But we've seen a great deal of improvement over the last three or four weeks with him, and he's getting stronger. He's getting better and better and he's got a good basketball IQ, so we hope that he continues to improve."