BOYS BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
After two years spent at the top of Massachusetts Division 3 boys high school basketball, Danvers High was supposed to come back to earth. With four starters having graduated and the fifth suffering a season-ending knee injury over the summer, not much was expected of the Falcons. Junior transfer Devan Harris gradually made those expectations change.
Harris, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound power forward with a soft touch, became Danvers’ go-to player and delivered all season. He was consistently good throughout the year and seemed to get stronger as the season progressed. He finished the year averaging a double-double, leading the team in both points and rebounds. He was fourth in the area in scoring, checking in at 18.9 per game.
Harris’ regular season high-water mark was a 35-point, 12-rebound game in a win over Billerica, but his best game came when the Falcons needed it most. He scored 35 points and pulled down 20 rebounds (12 offensive) in a 62-59 win over Belmont in the Division 2 North semifinals. Overall, Harris’ postseason production was outstanding. He scored 23 points and hauled in 16 rebounds in a quarterfinal victory over North Andover and averaged 23.8 points and 14.5 rebounds through four playoff games.
Danvers wasn’t able to make it three straight state titles, but Harris did help the team reach the North final and win 20 games for the third consecutive year. Harris was recognized by the Northeastern Conference coaches, being voted co-MVP of the league along with Lynn Classical’s Phil Rogers.
A versatile, 6-foot-3 player who did everything for the Falcons ... Averaged 11.6 points per game plus approximately six rebounds and four assists ... Named Northeastern Conference All-Star ... Scored 12 points in the fourth quarter to help the Falcons come back for a win against Beverly ... Excellent defensive player who often matched up with the opposition’s best player, regardless of position ... Was a key reserve on Danvers’ Division 3 state championship team last year.