To understand Joe Harris' love of basketball, look inside his room. Not his current room in the off-campus apartment he shares with University of Virginia teammates Mike Tobey and Evan Nolte, but his childhood bedroom inside his parents' home in Chelan, Wash.

As a fourth-grader, Joe came home one afternoon and asked his mother, Alice, if he could write his goals on his bedroom walls. His father, Joe Harris Sr., was the head boys' basketball coach at Chelan High School and Joe had started volunteering as a team manager. Before each season began, Joe Sr. asked his players to write down their goals; now, Joe Jr. wanted to follow suit.

Joe Harris started working on his jumper at a young age, taking 1,000 shots a day. Photo courtesy of the Harris Family
"Sure," Alice replied, assuming he'd write them on a piece of paper. Instead, Joe took a Sharpie and scribbled his hoop dreams—and advice from the pros on how to achieve them—across his room's white walls and ceiling.

When Joe walked out of his bedroom, he'd reach up and touch the phrase in blue block lettering above the door frame: "Expect to win!"

As he got ready each morning, he'd look next to his bookcase and read the words of Charles Barkley and Julius Erving.

"I've got confidence in myself to believe that when I'm healthy and hitting shots no one can stop me. Great athletes have to think like that." – Julius Erving

Before falling asleep, he'd look up at the goals he wrote on the ceiling and above his closet:

Have confidence.
Work hard.
Good team member.
Great attitude.
Win a championship(s).
Become a pro.

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