Updated: June 13, 2013 5:53PM
South Suburban College men’s basketball player Michael Harris (East Chicago Central High Scool) was named National Junior College Athletic Association Division II National Player of the Year.
This is the first National Player of the Year during head coach John Pigatti’s tenure. It is also the first for the South Suburban College athletic department in recent history.
Harris, a sophomore guard averaged 23.5 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 3.3 steals per game during the 2012-13 season. He was selected to play in the NJCAA National All-Star Game at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
This award puts the cap on all of the accomplishments acquired by Harris this season. He was named Region IV-A Player of the Year, Region IV-A Tournament MVP, and NJCAA 1st Team All-American.
During Harris’ two seasons at South Suburban, his teams had a record of 65-9. The 65 wins are the most for any player in the history of the school. This season, South Suburban finished 32-5 and placed sixth at the NJCAA National Tournament.
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