Joining the Herd: Harris signs with Mid-Atlantic Christian

Guard was third leading scorer for NHS

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Alexis Harris (left) of Northeastern High School signs with the MACU women's basketball program on Thursday. Also pictured is Charlie Troxell, MACU's head women's coach.


By Malcolm Shields
Sports Editor

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Northeastern guard Alexis Harris will continue her basketball career at Mid-Atlantic Christian. 

Harris held her signing ceremony at Northeastern on Thursday afternoon.

“It feels good that someone is giving me a chance,” Harris said. “I worked hard and come a long way. I’m very grateful for this opportunity.”

Harris initially was set to join the Methodist University women’s basketball team in Fayetteville.

Harris said her decision to change from Methodist, a NCAA Division III program, to MACU occurred within the last two months.

“I decided it made more sense for me to stay here with my family,” Harris said. “It’s easier for everyone.”

In her senior season at NHS, Harris was third on the team in scoring and was awarded the team leadership award for her efforts this winter with the Lady Eagles.

For MACU women’s basketball coach Charles Troxell, Harris has always been around the MACU program.

Her father Allan is the current men’s basketball coach at MACU and before taking the head job prior to the 2015-16 season, Allan was an assistant coach with the men’s team.

Over time, Troxell has seen Alexis develop as a player during her high school career.

“She works hard,” Troxell said. “She’s constantly trying to get better. She was already a part of the family. We just made it official. We are very excited about having her.”

Troxell added that Harris has good court vision, can do the little things on defense and is willing to distribute the basketball.

Those attributes fit into MACU’s uptempo style of play.

Harris joins her former Northeastern teammate in guard Aleah McNeal with the Lady Mustangs.

Harris was excited to get another chance to share a backcourt with McNeal.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Harris said.

The signing of Harris continued a trend of signing area athletes for the Lady Mustangs this month.

MACU signed Hertford County center Regina Woodley and guard Cierra Cook from Western Branch High School in Chesapeake, Virginia.

The Lady Mustangs posted an 11-14 overall record with a 3-3 record in United States Collegiate Athletic Association matchups last winter.

MACU finished the 2016-17 season with a second-place finish at the Chesson Classic.