"He was from Lexington and the only 3 he made in the whole tournament was a lob that he tried to throw to Art Long that actually banked in,'' Huggins said. "Darnell just put too much pressure on himself.
"To answer your question, it's a definite I don't know.''
The truth is, nerves have already been an issue for Harris to a point.
"Honestly, when we started him at Iowa State he didn't respond very well. I thought he was really nervous,'' Huggins said. "And then we got him out of the game and [assistant coach] Larry [Harrison] talked to him and he was worlds better when he got back in the game.
"That was his first college start. He was nervous.''
But Huggins said that as of Friday the plan was to start Harris. It's hard not to put him on the floor after some of his most recent games.
At Texas, he hit a 3-pointer that gave the Mountaineers a late lead.
A few days later against Kansas State, Harris made another big shot, falling away and falling down on the baseline with only seconds left.
Then at Iowa State he made four 3-pointers, including one that tied the game with 12 seconds left.
"I wouldn't say I'm surprised because I've done that before,'' Harris said. "It's just that nobody really knew I could do it. I think the crowds were surprised more so than me.''
If he keeps that up, Harris will eventually be the guy who gets the ball at the end of games by design. He's not ready to just reach out and grab that role quite yet, though.
"I do want the ball at the end of games, but I'm not going to call for it,'' Harris said. "I'm still getting acclimated, still getting used to the college game. I'm not in the spot to be able to say, 'Hey, I need the ball.' That's something you have to prove to the coach and then he calls it himself.''
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