Not a single person was sitting on a seat in William R. Johnson Coliseum. There was no one watching. All you could hear was the sound of the ball bouncing, the sound of shoes squeaking against the floor and of the ball going through the net. This is how Kevon Harris practices as he carries the determination to reach his goals.
From Ellenwood, Georgia, Harris was picked up by head coach Kyle Keller to play basketball at SFA. He is a senior and sports business major. Last Wednesday, Harris surpassed former Lumberjack Thomas Walkup to become the Jacks’ all-time leading scorer in Division 1.
The Jacks were facing the University Central Arkansas as Harris was 3 points away from breaking the record. With two field-goal attempts and two 3-point attempts, Harris was scoreless as the Bears’ defense maintained pressure on him. It wasn’t until the 15th minute of the game when he was able to tie the record after making a layup.
With 3:17 remaining in the half on a dunk assisted by junior guard Roti Ware, Harris was able to break the record. The crowd stood on their feet and cheered after witnessing the basket they had been waiting and Harris reaching the milestone.
“I try not to think about it because him and his family mean so much to me,” Keller said during the post-game press conference. With tears beginning to form in his eyes, he said, “For a first-time head Division 1 coach and a player who is recruited really hard, for him to take a chance with me, I’m very grateful. He was a highly recruited player, and he could have gone to a lot of different places. I’m grateful that he chose me and Stephen F. Austin.”
Harris started playing basketball around the age of five when he began in church leagues and playing in his neighborhood. He also played in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). Now sitting at 1,764 points before Wednesday’s matchup against Northwestern State University, Harris is the sixth all-time leading scorer in SFA history.
“I’m self-motivated,” Harris said. “Coming where I’m from, you don’t get very many accolades like this. Most of it, I got from my mother. I’ve always been persistent because I grew up like that. I just give all the glory to God because I wouldn’t be here without Him. I wouldn’t be in the position that I am today.”