LIONEL HARRIS, WAS A TWO-TIME ALL METROPOLITAN PLAYER FROM CARDOZO HIGH SCHOOL, SENIOR CLASS OF 1968-1969. HE ATTENDEDTHE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI, WHERE HE PLAYED HIS FRESHMAN YEAR AND FIRST HALF OF HIS SOPHOMORE YEAR BEFORE BEING SIDELINED BY RESPIRATORY AILMENT SIDELINED HIM. HARRIS TRANSFERRED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI, WHERE HE PLAYED HIS FINAL TWO YEARS ,BEFORE BEING DRAFTED IN THE SUPPLEMENTAL ROUNDS BY THE PHILADELPHIA 76’ERS. HE ATTENDED ROOKIE CAMP WITH DOUG COLLINS. HARRIS WAS THE NUMBER 1 PICK IN THE COUNRTY.
HARRIS, CADWELL JONES, THE LEGENDARY RAYMOND LEWIS, AND OTHERS DIDN’T SURVIVE CAMP. HE DIDNT AGGRESSIVELY PURSUE A PRO CAREER, DUE TO FAMILY OBLIGATIONS. AFTER COLLEGE, HE ACCEPTED A POSITION IN THE PROCUREMRENT OFFICE OF THE D.C. DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION, WHICH HE HELD UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT. HARRIS DID, HOWEVER CONTINUE TO PLAY BASKETBALL IN THE AREA, AND IN 1975 WAS VOTED MOST VALUABLE PLAYER IN THE URBAN COLIATION LEAUGE WHERE HE COMPETED AGAINST SEVERAL PROFESSIONAL AND COLLEGE PLAYERS. HARRIS RESIDED IN N.W. WASHINGTON D.C. AND IS A LOCAL LEGEND. HE WAS RECENTLY INDUCTED INTO THE CARDOZO HIGH SCHOOL HALL A FAME.
WHEN HARRIS’ SON LIONEL WAS KILLED, THE BOY’s MOTHER BECAME A NOTED ADVOCATE AGAINST TEEN VIOLENCE.
Washington Post obituary:
LIONEL R. HARRIS
On Friday, September 9, 2011. Beloved father of the late Lionel R. Harris, II “Pooh”. He is survived by one brother, Edward Harris (Alma); one sister, Marchelle Harris; one aunt, Arlette Crockett and a host of family and friends. Viewing Friday, September 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. at HORTON’S FUNERAL HOME, 600 Kennedy St., NW. Viewing will also be held on Saturday, September 17 from 9 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11 a.m. at Unity Church, 1225 R St. N.W. Interment Harmony Memorial Park Cemetery.
Our condolences to family, friends, classmates and co-workers.