MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Eron Harris will be the first to admit that when last he stepped onto the basketball floor it was not a pretty sight.
Well, at least during those moments when he actually got a chance to step onto the floor.
It was last Thursday at Missouri and Harris, then but not now the leading scorer in the Big 12, scored just two points through the first 31 minutes of the game.
Harris spent much of that time on the bench, including the first 11 minutes of the second half. Bob Huggins yanked his sophomore guard and just made him watch.
Afterward, when a Missouri-area reporter asked Huggins if he would like for Harris to attempt more than the six field goals he attempted that night, the answer was fairly predictable.
"It's hard to shoot from where he was most of the game,'' Huggins said. "You're not going to get many shots from over there.''
As for Harris? Well, he understood completely.
"I wasn't doing what I usually do,'' Harris said. "So it was my time to sit.''
So what was Harris doing that got him one of the best seats in the house? In short, he was doing too much. Perhaps it was his lofty spot atop the Big 12 scoring list or maybe it was just Harris feeling good about what he'd done so far, averaging 20 points. But Harris was trying to show how good he was, and in doing so he showed nothing.
"I need to realize I have teammates,'' Harris said.
Indeed, as West Virginia attempts to get on with the meat of its schedule in tonight's late-night home game with Gonzaga, Harris figures prominently. There's a reason he was averaging 20 points - and still is second in the league at 18.9 points per game - and it wasn't because Harris was out there proving how good he could be.
"Eron is very, very good when he lets the game come to him. He's not so good when he doesn't,'' Huggins said. "But that can be said for anybody. That's not an indictment of Eron. That's basketball.''
The indictment of Harris was that against Missouri he forgot to let the game come to him and was trying to win it by himself. Very quickly, Huggins looked out there and saw his best scorer attempting to be a one-man show.