The Class of 2013 continues to grow for the Colorado women's basketball team.

Desiree Harris, a 5-foot-8 guard from Alameda, Calif., recently gave a verbal commitment to play for head coach Linda Lappe's Buffaloes next year.

"I just liked the team a lot and the coaches," Harris, a star at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School, said on Sunday. "They were really nice to me and they really care about me as an individual. I think that really helped me decide."

Harris is the fourth member of CU's 2013 class. She joins Briana Watts, a 6-foot-4 center from Clovis, Calif., Haley Smith, a 6-foot-1 wing from Sammamish, Wash., and Zoe Beard-Fails, a 6-foot-2 forward from Georgetown Day School in Washington, D.C.

Harris is a high-scoring combo guard, who led her team to its first-ever North Coast Section championship in 2011 and then to a repeat title this past year. As a junior, she averaged 23.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.9 steals and 2.7 assists per game.

After drawing interest from several schools in California, Harris had her first contact with Lappe over the summer.

"I didn't even know about the University of Colorado until coach Lappe talked to me," she said.

Harris took her official visit last month and, after narrowing her choice between CU and the University of Pacific, she decided to become a Buff.

"I don't know if they want me to go that far," she said of her parents, "but I think they really like the school and they like everything about it, so they're still really happy."


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At CU, Harris will likely play point guard, where she will add depth at a position already filled by Ky Weston (who will be a sophomore in 2013) and Brittany Wilson (who will be a senior). Wilson is more of a shooting guard, however.

Harris said her strengths include "driving to the basket and seeing the floor." She said Lappe wants her to work on her ball handling.

Like the others in CU's class, Harris said she plans to sign her letter of intent during the early signing period that runs from Nov. 14-21.

The Buffs have 13 scholarship players this year, their highest total in Lappe's three years. They will lose three of those players (Chucky Jeffery, Brenna Malcolm-Peck and Meagan Malcolm-Peck) after this season. With the additions of Beard-Fails, Harris, Smith and Watts, the Buffs will have 14 scholarship players in 2013, one below the NCAA maximum. So, Lappe, who said over the summer her goal was to sign five players, could add one more to this class.

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