From the first time he stepped onto the basketball court, James “Bubbles” Harris had a knack for scoring.
Harris was a scoring machine during his two seasons – 1967-68 and 1968-69 — for the Skippers. He finished his career with 1,311 points. His 995 points in one season and 48 points in a game were among the many SC4 records he established.
The 6-foot, 175-pound guard made his way to SC4 from Lorain, Ohio. He graduated from Admiral King High School, where he was voted the Ohio High School Player of the Year and considered one of the top 40 players in the country.
While playing for coach Robert “Sam” Kromer, the Skippers post a 54-6 record with two conference championships. He also was selected All-Conference, All-Region XII and NJCAA First Team All-American.
Harris went on to Indiana University, where he received the Governor’s Award as the Most Valuable Player his junior year. He led the team in scoring with 434 points (18.1 points per game average).
As a senior, Harris was selected as a team captain and earned a spot on the Big Ten all-star team, paired with George McGinnis, who went on to play professional basketball.
The Cleveland Cavaliers drafted Harris in the 1971 draft. He passed the rookie camp but was released before the start of the regular season.