Gophers coach Richard Pitino isn't done adding to his backcourt in the 2017 recruiting class.
Pitino and assistant Kimani Young were in New Jersey on Tuesday to see The Patrick School senior guard Jamir Harris, who has scheduled official visits to Minnesota on Sept. 30 and Stanford on Oct. 29.
Pitino and Young both watched Harris in the school's open gym and planned an in-home visit Tuesday.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound three-star prospect is one of the top shooters in the senior class. Harris started with former four-star point guard and current Harvard freshman Bryce Aiken last season. He's capable of playing both guard spots and could be an option in the backcourt alongside Gophers point guard recruit Isaiah Washington.
Harris made an unofficial visit to the Gophers with his mother during the summer.
The Patrick School coach Chris Chavannes said Harris has a good relationship with former high school teammate Dupree McBrayer. McBrayer, a Gophers sophomore guard, played with Harris for one season and graduated from The Patrick School in 2014.
"Jamir had the opportunity to play with Dupree as a freshman," Chavannes said. "That year when he came in we had a very good team. Dupree was a very composed player for us out here. They have similar demeanors. He taught Jamir a lot, and I think he would look forward to being under (McBrayer's) tutelage another year and help him make that transition from high school to college."
Pitino also offered a scholarship to The Patrick School 2019 combo guard Al-Amir Dawes after watching him during the open gym Tuesday, according to his coach.
After striking out with the 2017 class in Minnesota, Pitino is trying to take advantage of strong recruiting ties in the New York/New Jersey area. Harris spoke recently about the possibility of playing with Washington.
"I’m real happy for Isaiah and I know he’s going to be great there,” Harris told GopherIllustrated.com. “I wouldn't mind playing with him at all. I would enjoy it.”