Former basketball player Will Harris, a 2004 USI alumnus, has traveled extensively and is now a well-known videographer. Despite having nothing to do as a redshirt in his sophomore year and having a long-standing love for both basketball and storytelling, Harris immediately discovered a way to merge his two interests.
“I felt like I had the power to capture moments,” Harris said. “So when I got my hands on a camera, I kinda felt like that was my Plan B. If basketball didn’t work out, I felt like I was going to try to make a career in film, and it worked out.”
Harris on his injury
“After my freshman year, I tore my ACL, and going into my sophomore year, I had nothing to do as a redshirt, so I ended up buying a camera and kept filming stuff around campus,” Harris said. “I tore my ACL for a reason. I bought the camera that was by accident as well. On a random trip to Walmart and I saw a camera and I had some money at the time. If it wasn’t for those occurrences at USI I don’t think I could be where I’m at today.”
Basketball or Camera?
Harris claims that even while he still adores basketball, he wouldn’t play if he had to give up his camera. “I feel like basketball was a chapter in my life and I feel like what all students need to know is you have tunnel vision when you’re young.,” Harris said. “You don’t see adulthood.”
BIRTHPLACE: Corona, NY
Albany Great Danes: 2008-2010 (2 SEASONS)
Virginia Cavaliers: 2006-2008 (2 SEASONS)