He wasn't the only one, either. That's one of the reasons West Virginia was pretty much run over by Missouri, losing an 80-71 decision that could have been much worse.
"I asked them, 'You ever see Ray Allen dribble between his legs and shoot fade-aways?' No,'' Huggins said. "He's the greatest 3-point shooter in the history of the NBA. You do what you do. You do what you're good at.''
As far as this West Virginia team is concerned, that doesn't mean showcasing individual skills. Harris is no different.
"Eron is good. Eron's a good player. But you can't get out of character,'' Huggins said. "Honestly, that's what defense is, right? It's trying to make people do things they can't do. They made us do things we can't do and Eron was probably at the top of the list.''
That was Huggins' objection early against Missouri when WVU wasn't making a field goal in the first seven minutes and only two in the first 11. Oddly, the basket that finally got the Mountaineers going and was at the start of a brief run that made the game close for a while late in the first half was an easy layup by Harris on an inbounds play.
Not only was that Harris' only field goal of the first 30-plus minutes, it was in a way a perfect example of what Huggins was talking about. Granted, not all of Harris' baskets are layups -he's tied for first in the Big 12 in 3-pointers and third in 3-point shooting percentage - but that he got one unguarded out of a designed play speaks to the value of working within the system.
In fairness to Harris, those scoring numbers he put up through the early part of the season drew far more attention to him.
"It's something I have to learn how to deal with,'' Harris said. "I mean, I've faced that before, in high school. But it's different now. But the more games we play, the more I'll get used to it.''
As far as Huggins is concerned, Harris will fare best if by getting used to it he means realizing that more attention on him means less somewhere else.
"Eron Harris is pretty good, but he's got to be Eron Harris,'' Huggins said. "He can't be somebody else. When he tries to be somebody else he's not very good.''
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