Wake Forest’s first ever TBT team just added another dangerous piece to its roster: CJ Harris is officially in on Wake The Nation.
Harris is the 8th Deacon alumni to join the team for this summer’s much-anticipated The Basketball Tournament, with the first 7 being announced during our roster launch week last month. Harris will join LD Williams, Travis McKie, Devin Thomas, Eric Williams, Justin Gray, Nikita Mescheriakov, and Josh Howard on the squad that is set to be one of the deepest teams in the entire tournament.
ROSTER ANNOUNCEMENT— WAKE THE NATION TBT (@WakeDaNationTBT) May 14, 2018
Our 8️⃣th player for @thetournament:
-A 4️⃣-year starter & 3️⃣-time team captain
-A 2️⃣-time All-ACC third team honoree
-Ranks in the top in 7️⃣ diff @WakeMBB categories
-A homegrown combo guard from Winston-Salem:
Welcome @cjharris11! pic.twitter.com/ija8AUvy80
Up until today, one of the main things fans had been requesting was another perimeter threat and ball-handler to go along with the versatile frontcourt options on the roster. With CJ Harris now in the fold, Wake The Nation has everything they need to be a legitimate contender for that $2 million grand prize later this summer.
As you well know, Harris was a local Winston-Salem product who joined the program from nearby HS Mount Tabor in 2009. He went on to be a four-year starter and averaged 13.0 PPG over his four years at Wake, shooting 39% from 3 and 83% from the line in his career. He was the go-to scorer on the team during his junior and senior seasons, where he totaled just under 1,000 points and was named 3rd Team All ACC both years.
CJ Harris holds the trophy after Wake Forest beats Xavier in the Skip Prosser Classic pic.twitter.com/DBq5tcAb— Wake Basketball (@WakeMBB) January 3, 2013
When his career in Winston was all said and done, Harris finished in the Top 10 in program history in Minutes, Free Throws, FT %, 3-Pointers, and Games Started, His career Free Throw Percentage of 83% is still ranked #13 in ACC History, and 2nd in program history only behind a guy named Chris Paul.
Since graduating from Wake, Harris has carved out a very successful European career in Germany, Latvia, Poland, and now Turkey. He signed his first pro contract for Bundesliga club MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg in 2013, where his 3-point shooting ability immediately made him a contributor in Germany’s top division. He averaged 10 PPG, shot 45% from beyond the arc, and won the Beko Basketball Bundesliga’s 3-Point Contest in his rookie year.
Harris had another breakout season in 2015-16 with KS Rosasport Radom, leading the Polish club to a 2nd place finish in the league and a Polish Cup championship. That season Harris was named the Polish Cup’s MVP, where he averaged over 14 PPG on the way to the title. This season Harris finds himself on Sakarya BB in their first year since being promoted to Turkey’s top division. He is 2nd on the team in PPG at 10.9 and has a huge BSL Quarterfinal matchup against Turkish powerhouse Fenerbahce coming up in the next two weeks.
Harris’ 3-point shooting, ball-handling ability, and overall European experience will be huge assets to Wake The Nation this summer in their quest to become TBT’s 3rd ever champion. With the roster now at 8 players, the team is still looking to add potentially one more guard option heading into the summer. Stay tuned to Wake The Nation’s Twitter account @WakeDaNationTBT and Blogger So Dear for all your latest updates on the alumni team and their progress heading into what should be an entertaining tournament.
PSA: If you haven’t become a “Supporter” on the Official TBT site of the Wake Forest team, sign up here. It’s free, takes 10 seconds, and the Top 9 vote-getting teams of the South Region are automatically selected for the tournament. Help some of your favorite Deacon stars on “Wake The Nation” get a bid to one of the best sporting events of the summer here.
Official “Wake The Nation” TBT Site: https://thetournament.com/teams/wake-nation-wake-forest-alumni