“We are very excited about Dadrian becoming a part of our basketball family,” said McConathy. “He is a winner and brings a great work ethic to our program. He has the athletic ability and skill set to be a solid guard in our system. He can knock down 3-pointers and make basketball plays in many ways, having scored over 4,000 points in his career at Castor High School.
“Dadrian has been blessed to have received tremendous high school coaching and comes to us with a great basketball base in place,” said McConathy. “Coach Carlisle is a phenomenal teacher who builds programs the right way. In one year, Coach Carlisle took Dadrian's game to another level.”
Harris led Castor to a 38-4 record as a senior. He shot 52 percent from the field, 88 percent on free throws and made 34 percent of his 3-point shots while adding seven rebounds per game.
“Dadrian is a great addition to our program and will help us continue our winning tradition in the Northwestern State program,” said McConathy. “We are always excited to sign homegrown talent, and he's another outstanding Louisiana high school product who can succeed at the Division I level.”
He averaged 27.2 points as a sophomore and 25.9 as a junior while winning district MVP honors both seasons. He was a four-year all-district selection, averaging 19 points in his freshman year, and was Offensive Player of the Year all four years.
Harris spent last year at Dodge City (Kan.) Community College, where he made the Dean's List. He had a 3.5 grade point average at Castor, winning a Bienville Parish Academic Award all four years in high school, and he was a National Honor Society member.
His uncle is Lee Smith, the 19-year major league baseball pitcher who is a Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame member and a leading candidate for enshrinement in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Smith played parts of two seasons with the Demon basketball team, lettering in 1975-77, before committing full time to the Chicago Cubs organization.