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Draft Profile:
Gary Harris
Gary Harris
G | 6'5" | 205 LBS. 16.7 PPG | 4.0 RPG | 2.7 APG

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Draft Profile Video: Gary Harris

5/28/14: Emily speaks with Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press, who covered Gary Harris at Michigan State.
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Draft Profile Video: Gary Harris

5/28/14: Emily speaks with Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press, who covered Gary Harris at Michigan State.
May 28, 2014  |  05:12

NBA Combine - Gary Harris

Michigan State guard Gary Harris reflects on when Brad Stevens recruited him to play at Butler.
May 19, 2014  |  05:58

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Combine Measurements

Body/Anthropometric Measurements
Body Fat % 4.5
Hand Length 8.5"
Hand Width 9.5"
Height w/o Shoes 6'2.5"
Height w/ Shoes 6'4.5"
Standing Reach 8'0"
Weight 204.8 lbs.
Wingspan 6'6.75"
Physical Tests (Did Not Participate)
Lane Agility -
Shuttle Run -
Three-Quarter Court Sprint -.
Standing Vertical Leap -
Max Vertical Leap -
Body/Anthropometric Measurements
Body Fat % Hand Length Hand Width Height w/o Shoes Height w/ Shoes Standing Reach Weight Wingspan
4.55 8.5" 9.5" 6'2.5" 6'4.5" 8'0" 204.8 lbs. 6'6.75"
Physical Tests (Did Not Participate)
Lane Agility Shuttle Run 3/4 Court Sprint Standing Vertical Leap Max Vertical Leap
- - - - -

Pros/Cons

Pros Cons
Great Hands Inconsistent Shot
Aggressive Tends To Settle
Quick Release Below-Average P&R Defender
High Motor High Dribble in Transition
High-Level Collegiate Commpetition -
Very Athletic -

Why You Might Know Him

Gary Harris has been a top prospect since his high school days, when he was chosen as Indiana’s Mr. Basketball and a McDonald’s All-American in 2012. He just completed two very successful seasons at Michigan State, where he was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2013 and a First Team All-Big Ten member in 2014.

Scouting Report

Harris brings a lot to the table at both ends of the court. He’s a very capable scorer and has the tools to be a very good defender. Offensively, his strength is shooting, and he shows plenty of confidence in that shot. Harris has an ultra-quick release on catch-and-shoot opportunities thanks to his great feet. He really knows how to square up to the basket while catching the ball on the move. He’s most consistent at scoring via step backs and spot ups. Struggles a bit in isolations and pick-and-rolls. Harris is so confident in his jumper that he oftentimes settles in isolation situations – only 34.9 percent of his isolation possessions this season resulted in shots in the paint via a drive. He has the strength to absorb contact around the basket but must learn to finish through that contact. Shooting numbers dropped significantly as a sophomore with an increased offensive load. Defensively, Harris had quick hands that can strike in an instant. He’s very good at swiping the ball away from his man and also as a help defender. He is a below-average defender in the pick-and-roll but has the ability to improve in that area. Needs to learn to stay tight to his man, fight through screens and recover from those screens. All in all, he has the talent, skills and motor to succeed at both ends of the court but needs to improve in some very important areas.

Biography

It’s not a surprise that Harris is on the cusp of a professional basketball career. He was born and raised in the basketball hotbed of Indiana and is the son of a former Division I All-American and WNBA player, Joy Holmes-Harris. Gary Harris played high school ball at Hamilton Southeastern High, where he was named Indiana Mr. Basketball in 2012. He was chosen as a member of the USA Junior National Select Team at the Nike Hoop Summit in 2012. The explosive guard was a top-flight recruit, with offer letters from powerhouse programs like Indiana, Kentucky and Louisville. He was actually recruited by Brad Stevens while the coach was at Butler. Harris eventually decided to attend Michigan State University, which is about 3.5 hours north of his hometown of Fishers, Ind. After an impressive freshman season that garnered Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors, Harris decided to return to school for his sophomore season. He wound up leading the team in scoring as a sophomore with an average of 16.7 points per game. His impressive campaign led to him being selected as a First Team All-Big Ten member.