Konkol Inks Two Dallas Area Players in Early Signing Period

Nov. 12, 2015

RUSTON – Louisiana Tech head coach Eric Konkol has yet to coach his first regular season game for the Bulldogs, but he is already building for the future with the announcement on Thursday of two high school signees in the early signing period.

Just like the Bulldog football team did last December, Konkol and his coaching staff ended up turning Dallas into Bulldog Country with the additions of Jalen Harris and Oliver Powell who both hail from the Dallas area.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jalen and Oliver to our Louisiana Tech Bulldog family,” Konkol said. “Our goal was to find first class people who are quality students, talented basketball players and who have big dreams. These two young men fit that profile extremely well.

“The common denominator for the two is they both come from great families and have a bright future ahead of them. They have all been well coached and come from winning programs. They are driven to become the best version of themselves at Louisiana Tech and we are excited to help them.”

Harris is ranked as the 16th best player and the ninth best guard in the state of Texas for the 2016 class.

As a court leader in his junior year for the powerhouse Panthers, Harris averaged 15.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.2 steals per game while being named District 8-6A Offensive Player of the Year.

“Jalen is a skilled guard with the size to play multiple positions,” Konkol said. “His parents were both terrific college players and he has a strong basketball IQ developed under coach Corey Chism at Duncanville High School. He is a talented player who we feel will thrive in our program.

The 6-foot-4-inch attacking guard was also an honorable mention selection to the 2014-15 Dallas Morning News all-area team and was a member of the Austin Anderson Classic and Dallas ISP Coca-Cola Classic all-tournament teams.



Harris played his AAU ball for coach Tim Martin and the Pro Skills. His parents, Erion and Karlin Harris, both starred at SMU.

Powell is also highly ranked, rated as the 22nd best player and the 10th best forward in the Lone Star State.

The 6-foot-8-inch forward plays for Rowlett High School where he has earned first team all-district honors each of the last two seasons and was also voted as the 11-6A Defensive Player of the Year.

“Oliver is a multi-dimensional forward with size, athleticism and the ability to stretch the defense,” Konkol said. “He brings an energetic and versatile skillset to both sides of the floor. He is very intelligent and has experience playing in a full court system under coach Jason Busch.”

As a junior, Powell averaged 14.7 points while shooting 58 percent from the field. He also averaged 9.1 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game for the Eagles.

He played his AAU ball for coach Brian Lewis and the Dallas Mustangs.

Both players had multiple scholarship offers from schools in the Big 12, American Athletic Conference and Conference USA.

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