Finally healthy after sitting out the first half of his junior season due to injury, Orland Park (Ill.) Carl Sandburg 2014 Forward Malek Harris has made his return to the hardwood.  With his team going 0-11 in his absence, Harris has turned things around for Carl Sandburg, leading them to a 2-1 record in their last three games. We caught up with Harris on Tuesday to get the latest…

"It felt great," Harris told NY2LASPORTS.COM.  "I felt like I'm getting back to my normal self. I've actually been playing really well lately. It feels really good.

"It was definitely tough watching my team, because we went 0-11 when I sat out. I wanted to make a difference. Hopefully we can make a run now."

Harris holds offers from DePaul, Iowa, and Miami (OH), while a host of other high major schools have shown interest.

DePaul has tracked Harris hard this season and the 6-7 forward has become quite familiar with the Blue Demons.

"DePaul, they always call," he said. "I talk to them a lot. They do a great job. I've been down there a couple times to see a game and for and actual visit. DePaul is definitely a school that I like."

Harris and Iowa also have a close relationship. The Hawkeyes have remained high on his list ever since they offered.

"I have a good relationship with the coaches from Iowa," Harris said. "That's a school that will be considered when I make a decision. I love Coach (Andrew) Francis and Coach (Fran) McCaffery. They've been doing a good job of staying in touch and showing support."

Harris has received interest from the likes of Illinois, Louisville, Marquette, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon State, and Purdue among others.

Three new programs, Kansas State, Miami (FL), and Oklahoma have recently gotten into the mix as well.

Kansas State: "I've talked to Coach (Chris) Lowery. I've talked to him two times. A couple of days ago they started to get into the mix. They said they're going to start recruiting me pretty hard."

Miami: "They talked to my high school coach and they send a lot of mail," said Harris. "They've talked to my mom twice.
They wanted to talk to my parents before they talked to me, so hopefully I'll be getting in touch with them soon."

Oklahoma: "I haven't talked to a coach yet. They called my coaches and said they were following me over the summer and they want to start recruiting me."

Harris played for the Illinois Wolves during the grassroots season.