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Jalen Harris, potential star of next year's team, re-commits to Nevada

Jalen Harris
Jalen Harris has re-committed to playing for Nevada next season. (John Byrne/Nevada athletics)

Jalen Harris, a potential star for next year's Nevada basketball team, has re-committed to playing for the Wolf Pack.

Harris is the third player to say he'll play for Nevada next season, following Jazz Johnson and Eric Parrish. The Louisiana Tech transfer, who sat out last season at Nevada under NCAA transfer rules, had put his name in the transfer portal following the Wolf Pack's coaching change from Eric Musselman to Steve Alford.

But Harris ultimately opted to stay in Reno, where he's been the last three semesters following a mid-year transfer from Tech during the 2017-18 season. The 6-foot-5, 195-pound combo guard starred in Wolf Pack practices last season and probably would have started on the loaded team if he was eligible.

When he put his name in the transfer portal, Harris made it clear he was still open to staying with the Wolf Pack.

"There is always uncertainty when there's a coaching change," Harris said at the time in a statement to NSN. "So many unknowns and variables regarding fit, personality and style. This also happened at my previous school where the coach that recruited me left before the season and it negatively affected the team and my situation. Nevada is still my priority and I fully intend to meet with the new coach and (AD Doug) Knuth before making any decisions. I've gotten to know and love my teammates and coaches here and will continue to lean on them during this time."

When re-committing to Nevada, he tweeted: "Thank The Most High for this opportunity for reflection. I'm humbled by every coach and their interest. But I'll be Runnin with the Pack this year! I love this group and we can level up together. 1st we have to get EVERYONE out of the portal!"

At Louisiana Tech, Harris averaged 15.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game during his sophomore season before the mid-year transfer to Nevada. He shot 47.8 percent from the field, including 44.4 percent from three, and 83 percent from the free throw line.

An athletic guard, Harris is in the mold of Zach LaVine, who Alford coached for one season at UCLA before he turned pro. Among the Wolf Pack's returning players, Harris is the most likely to lead Nevada in scoring next season as a proven Division I player who should be a foundation piece for the Wolf Pack in Alford's first season at Nevada.

Here is a look at the status of every player on the Wolf Pack's current roster.

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