Multiple sources have informed Joe Henricksen of the Chicago Sun-Times that Sandburg High School senior Malek Harris has been suspended for the entirety of the 2013-14 basketball season. Harris verbally committed to play college basketball for Buzz Williams at Marquette back in June.
As Henricksen explains:
Harris, who is ranked among the top 100 prospects in the country and committed to Marquette last spring, will not be allowed to play this season at Sandburg, due to disciplinary reasons. According to the online Sandburg High School Honor Code, multiple offenses can result in the suspension for one calendar year of performances, activities or competitions.
This isn't the first adversity Harris or Sandburg basketball has faced. A year ago Sandburg started the season 0-11 without Harris in the lineup as he was suspended for the first 11 games for undisclosed violations.
It's the second part that I found most interesting. In our post about his commitment, I mentioned Harris missing those 11 games, but I have it attributed to injury. Paint Touches has that as well, and I honestly can't remember where I first saw it. In any case, I definitely don't remember reading anything about a suspension when pulling together information about Harris back in June. This recap of a Sandburg game from December 2012 confirms the suspension, though.
In any case, this is where we have to start asking questions. Did Buzz Williams know about the original suspension? What kind of disciplinary infractions are involved here? Does Harris' inability to avoid further discipline affect his status as a recruit?
Unfortunately, Marquette is not allowed by NCAA rule to comment on Harris until he signs a letter of intent, so unless Harris talks on his own about his suspension, we won't get many answers about his future until the fall signing period starts on November 13th.
H/T to Paint Touches' Andrei Greska for finding Henricksen's post.