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January 14, 2014

In The Paint boys basketball column: Transfer Switch

Electric Keys providing boost for Salem High

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Harris spent last season playing junior varsity basketball at Hingham High School as a sophomore, but his family moved to Danvers this summer. He spent the fall playing with his new teammates and working hard to fit in. All that work has paid off so far as Harris is leading the Falcons at nearly 16 points per game.

“He’s just a very skilled player,” Walsh said about the 6-foot-2 Harris. “He’s worked so hard from the beginning and really put the time in, and it’s starting to pay dividends. He’s very skilled around the hoop and he has a very high basketball IQ.”

Harris is a strong post player who is hard to move off the block and has blended very well with 6-foot-8 junior center Peter Merry. “They feed off each other,” Walsh said.

As for Davis, his arrival at St. John’s Prep couldn’t have been timed any better.

When Dullea took over for Sean Connolly last spring, he was expecting a lineup this winter that would have a few players playing slightly out of position. The biggest hole Dullea figured to have was filling the minutes left behind by last year’s point guard, Tyler Dooley.

“Tyler played 28-30 minutes a game for us and had the ball for 75-80 percent of the time. We didn’t really have anyone to step in and take those minutes until we got Kareem,” Dullea said. “He made our team so much deeper.”

Without Davis, Dullea was expecting senior Max Burt to be the primary ballhandler. Burt is capable of playing the point but is more suited to play off the ball, where he can work to get open shots.

Davis’ presence is also huge for Ben Judson, a knock-down shooter who will get more open looks because of Davis’ playmaking ability.

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