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Harris back to new after ACL tear

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Cowboy Basketball First Official Practice

Image Taken At Cowboy Basketball First Official Practice, Gallagher-Iba Arena, Wednesday, October 14, 2020, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK. Courtney Bay/OSU Athletics

After playing in 22 games and starting in three of them, Chris Harris Jr’s impressive freshman season ended abruptly, after he suffered a torn ACL against TCU on Feb. 5.

Before going down, Harris was a key contributor to the Cowboys’ defense but also provided sparks on offense with his 3-point range..

Now a little more than eight months after the injury occured, Harris is back on the court for the Cowboys.

“Chris is probably a little ahead of schedule, I think structurally from what the doctors tell me,”coach Mike Boynton said. “I only do what they tell us to do. It's as good as it's going to get from a structural standpoint, there's not lingering soreness. He gets a little fatigued quicker than he would otherwise.

“But he's come along very nicely, and obviously he's a guy who's presence is going to be needed as somebody who played for us last year and has some pretty good experience from just a competitive standpoint.”

Despite practice just beginning for the Cowboys, Harris has already made an impact on freshman Cade Cunningham. Harris has worked hard to get back as quickly as he has, and his work ethic influences the rest of the team.

“The way that he’s worked. He’s grinding himself all the way back,” Cunningham said. “He’s a player in practice, if you see him practice, it doesn’t look like he’s just coming off of an ACL (tear). The way that he’s been working and helping everybody, if someone is running late he’ll be the first person to get in his car and go pick them up for practice. He’s just doing all of the little things right, so I can’t appreciate him more for that.”

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