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Harris in good standing at Syracuse

Rumors about Paul Harris dropping out of Syracuse University because of academics are not true, Orange coach Jim Boeheim told me today. In fact, he couldn't be happier with the former Niagara Falls High All-American's development on and off the court.

"Paul just had his best sememster academically since he's been here,'' the Hall of Fame coach said. "I think a lot of the rumors stem from the fact that me and Paul don't always see eye to eye but in a good way. I'm trying to push him, like anyone who plays for me, to be the best player he can be and in turn Paul has responded by working harder. I pleased with both Paul and (former Niagara Falls star) Jonny (Flynn). They're both doing good academically."

Boeheim added that Harris is planning to attend the LeBron James basketball camp in Akron, Ohio next month to serve as a councilor. Of Flynn, Boeheim said, "I can't think of a freshman in the country who was asked to do more than Jonny. He had a great year."

Harris and Flynn will be joined by guards Andy Rautins and Eric Devendorf, who are coming off knee injuries. Rautins is fully recovered and working out with the Canadian developmental team in Toronto this week, while Devendorf is on track with his rehabilitation.

---Rodney McKissic


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