Michael Harris
Michael Harris
Induction: 2003
Category: ATHLETE
Sport: Basketball (1995-1998)

Michael Harris


Michael Harris of Niagara Falls, Ontario, was one of Niagara's most prolific scorers in the history of the Men's Basketball program. This guard was described as a coach's dream both on and off the court. His work ethic and desire for success combined with his intense competitive nature facilitated Michael's basketball life. A leader in both offence and defense, Harris was a combination of superb athleticism and outstanding physical conditioning. He was a proven competitor, yet a quiet leader who let his actions speak for him.

In his sophomore year he led his team in scoring, finishing second in the OCAA (Ontario Colleges Athletic Association) Western Division, third in Ontario with 22.4 (PPG) and third in three-point field goals. As a junior, Michael was second in team scoring and fourth in the Western Division with an average of 18.4 (PPG) and led the Knights to their first appearance at the OCAA championships. In 1996-97 he was named Co-Team MVP, represented Niagara College on the Western Region All-Star team and finished second in the three point shooting competition, named the OCAA CCAA (Canadian Colleges Athletic Association) basketball athlete of the month in February, received All-Star tournament honours at various tournaments, and received the Athlete of Distinction award.

The 1997-98 season brought more awards as he was once again named team MVP, started in the OCAA Annual All-Star game, and selected as OCAA Western Region League All-Star.

The greatest athletic honour that the college gives was earned by Michael in 1996-97 and in 1997-98 when he was named Male Athlete of the Year. Michael's most memorable moment was when he led the Knights in a victory over Humber College at Home in 1997, for the first time which helped the Knights turn the year into a winning and most successful season. Michael is a graduate of the Business-Sales and the Interactive Multimedia programs.