Maryland basketball announces Ricky Harris as new director of player personnel

Maryland basketball has announced the addition of Ricky Harris as the new director of player personnel, filling the void left by Tevon Saddler who became the new head coach at Nicholls State earlier this spring.

Harris joins the staff after spending the last two seasons at UMass, his alma mater, as the director of player personnel.

“When you talk about wanting to get guys who want to be here, Ricky Harris embodies that,” UMass head coach Matt McCall said last year. “He was one of the best guards to ever play at UMass and just announced his retirement after a phenomenal professional career. He was contacting me as soon as he made his decision to stop playing and wanted to come to UMass.”

Harris now returns to his roots and will get a chance to work closer to home as the former Calvert Hall fills a staff that head coach Kevin Willard spent reworking this offseason. Maryland saw Tony Skinn (George Mason), Grant Billmeier (NJIT) and Saddler all leave for head coaching opportunities while Willard elevated Greg Manning Jr. and David Cox while hiring Mike Jones from Virginia Tech.

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A 2010 graduate from UMass, Harris was one of the most prolific scorers in program history and led the Minutemen to a 73-58 record during his four-year career highlighted by a pair of NIT appearances.

The former standout at Calvert Hall College High School played in 129 career games at UMass finishing third all-time in scoring with 1,960 points. He ranks second for single-season three pointers made (104, 2007-08) and is tied for the single-game record for threes in a game (8 on Mar. 3, 2010). He also finished seventh all-time in career field goals made (643), third in three-point field goals made (276), fifth in steals (148) and tied for ninth in games played (129).

In 2008-09, he averaged 18.2 points per game and hit 37 percent from deep to be named the Atlantic 10 Most Improved Player. He earned NIT All-Tournament Team honors after averaging 20.4 points in five games including 27 points in the championship game against Ohio State.

He finished his career as a two-time All-Atlantic 10 Third Team selection averaging 18 points and 19.8 points during his junior and senior campaigns, respectively.

Before UMass, Harris played a prep season at The Winchendon School in Massachusetts following a standout career at Calvert Hall. There he finished as the school’s third all-time leading scorer behind Maryland All-American Juan Dixon and Reggie Bryant. He was the Baltimore Catholic League Co-Player of the Year in 2005 after averaging 23 points and six rebounds.

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