He's also No. 4 in the Big 12 in 3-point shooting in conference games (42.5 percent).
"I'm just playing ball now, like I have since I was 3 years old," the 6-2 Harris said. "I'm playing ball, but within the offense. If I see a lane, I'll take it, be strong with the ball, take it to the rim and try to get fouled."
Harris is making 3-pointers at a team-high rate (39.1 percent) but he's making free throws, too, and is 14-for-18 the past three games and shoots 80 percent for the season. In Wednesday's win against TCU, which snapped a three-game losing streak, Harris played a team-high 27 minutes. Teammates say of Harris what Ford said of Smart.
"He's making himself known when he's on the court," guard Jabarie Hinds said. "He's being aggressive, making shots, driving the ball and getting fouled."
These are freshmen, neither the primary option on their team. Smart can defer to last year's freshman phenom, Le'Bryan Nash, who averages 13.9 points per game, or Markel Brown, one of the league's most improved players, who leads the team with 14.4 points per game.
"It's definitely a lot of pressure, but being a good player coming out of high school with all the awards and accolades I won, that's part of my responsibility," Smart said. "It's a lot of responsibility, but not as much because my teammates are great. We've got a lot of great talent."
Harris couldn't defer by choice, though. He was a spare part early who then became a contributor before he was a regular. This was supposed to be a team that leaned on big players and let Hinds and Juwan Staten and Gary Browne handle the ball and Matt Humphrey and Aaron Brown shoot it.
Harris kept rising, and no doubt intrigued Coach Bob Huggins as he made up his mind to play small and start four guards. Even with Henderson out, Huggins went small and played with Harris.
Huggins started an ordinary lineup Wednesday - three guards and two forwards - but Harris was again in the starting five. Later, he was the one the offense was running through as he made hard cuts, caught crisp passes and got points on shots or free throws as the Mountaineers pulled away late.
"My young guy goes 5-for-6 from the floor, 2-for-3 from 3 and 7-for-10 at the line with three rebounds, 19 points, two assists - and he played the most amount of minutes," Huggins said. "I believe you get out of this game what you put into it."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.