Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics
Renaissance High’s Alexis Harris came off the bench last year for a team that went all the way to the Class A state finals.
This season, Harris is a starter whose ability to finish around the basket is the reason she’s the Detroit Public School League’s Proud Strong Learner of the Week.
“It seems like I’m doing something right, finally,” said Harris, a 6-2 senior forward. “I’ve just got to keep working hard and try to keep up my grades.”
Harris, who has a 3.0 grade point average, is headed to Providence on a basketball scholarship. Two other Lady Phoenix senior standouts — Asia Boyd (Kansas) and Arrice Bryant (Yale) — are also signed to play Division 1 ball.
Due to injuries that have forced Boyd and Bryant to miss time this season, Harris has responded by averaging 14 points and 10 rebounds a game.
“Between those two injuries, Alexis has seriously stepped up her game,” Renaissance coach Diane Jones said. “Her thing is she’s very active offensively. She moves a lot and works hard to get to the ball. She can work with her back to the basket or face up. She’s a very aggressive rebounder. Not only is she all over the glass, but she has a real nice shooting touch.”
The injuries to her teammates made Harris’ contribution even more vital, “but it’s my senior year and I’m going to a Big East college next year so I’d have to do that anyway,” she said. “It just seems like it’s my time to step up.”
The Lady Phoenix will enter the “Big D” PSL championship tournament after winning the West division with a 10-0 record. Harris says the team’s ultimate goal is to get another shot at winning a state championship after losing in the finals last year to East Lansing.
“We’re capable of anything right now,” she said. “We’ve just got to stay focused.”