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Sandburg's Malek Harris (10) chose not sign with Marquette after coach Buzz Williams left and is now the top uncommitted senior in Illinois. | Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media

Hoops Report Three-Pointer for April 6

No. 1
Although he’s only been an uncommitted prospect for roughly two weeks, Malek Harris has instantly become the best unsigned prospect in Illinois —and one of the most talented players left on the board nationally in the Class of 2014.

It’s been out of sight, out of mind for the former Sandburg star, due to several factors.

The multi-faceted 6-7 forward found a fit and committed early to Marquette and coach Buzz Williams last June, immediately taking him off the radar of college coaches around the country. Harris then missed his senior season with the Eagles following his suspension from team.

Harris didn’t sign with Marquette during the early November signing period but remained committed. Now Harris is back on the open market, after Williams’ left Marquette for Virginia Tech in late March.

With the size, versatility and hard-nosed mentality Harris brings to the table as a potential April signing for a high-major program, the recruitment of the City/Suburban Hoops Report’s No. 5 ranked prospect in the class of 2014 is heating up.

However, due to the timing of Williams’ departure and the window of time available to be recruited, the list has been kept short.

“Malek chose Marquette because he liked the university, the location and the coach,” Harris’ Illinois Wolves club coach Mike Mullins said.

That’s why both Williams and Virginia Tech, along with newly hired Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski, will have a chance to recruit Harris again.

“Because of the time frame, a couple of the schools that were originally recruiting Malek are back involved,” Mullins said.

In addition to Marquette and Virginia Tech, the list of suitors and offers Harris is considering include Kansas State, Florida and Gonzaga.

Harris saw his first true, live basketball action since July 9, 2013, playing this weekend with the Illinois Wolves in an AAU tournament in Wisconsin.

“His basketball timing, as you would expect, is off right now,” said Mullins, who Harris will play for throughout the spring AAU season. “It’s going to take a couple of tournaments to get that back. We understand what it is, and you just have to be patient.”

No. 2
Morgan Park’s Josh Cunningham and Zion-Benton’s Milik Yarbrough, two coveted unsigned senior prospects, are getting closer to their college decisions.

Although there are a surplus of schools involved, Cunningham appears to be torn between three: South Carolina and Indiana, which have both made strong, late pushes, and Bradley, a program that has been steadfast in the recruitment of the athletic 6-7 forward.

Yarbrough, meanwhile, recently enjoyed a visit to Bradley, with upcoming visits planned to Saint Louis and Illinois State, according to his father, Del Yarbrough.

No. 3
There will be plenty of draws for basketball fans and college coaches on the AAU calendar this spring and during the July evaluation period, but if one weekend was any indication, the Jalen Brunson-Luwane Pipkins backcourt tandem for the Mac Irvin Fire will be the most fun and exciting to watch.

Brunson, the supremely gifted Stevenson star, and Pipkins, the electric scorer from Bogan, fed off one another beautifully at the Swish ‘N Dish Tournament in Wisconsin this weekend. In just a short amount of time playing together, it’s easy to see how these two will thrive and what the possibilities are playing together. 

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