FORT WORTH, Texas — On the subject of regrettable shot selection, perhaps Eron Harris missed one he should have taken.
As in a flu shot.
West Virginia’s leading scorer spent the past week feeling so puny he said “I was about ready to die.” He was unable to complete a full practice and wasn’t sure about his playing status until he awoke Saturday feeling improved. After a 22-point outburst helped the Mountaineers to a 74-69 win at TCU, Harris was feeling even better.
“I was sick all week—sick out of my mind,” said Harris, who came off the bench for the first time this season and made 4-of-5 from 3-point range.
“It was the flu. I just couldn’t go (during the week of practices), but I felt better waking up today.”
Coach Bob Huggins suspected Harris would try to play and the guard’s teammates were convinced of it.
“We might have wondered how much he would be able to play and what he could contribute, but we all knew he was going to go out and play like the same Eron,” said point guard Juwan Staten.
“He felt good (Saturday) morning. His spirits were up and he looked like he was into it. He wasn’t really drowsy or tired or anything, so we were expecting a good game from him.”
Harris admitted after the game he hadn’t recently received a flu shot: “Is that something you’re supposed to get every year?”