** Traded to Orlando on Draft night
* Great three-point shooter
* Can score in the post
* Can get separation with medium-range fade-away jumper
* Good rebounder
* Solid work ethic
* Can get more consistent in the post
* Be aggressive every day on the glass
Harper can play the three because of his size and ability to shoot the three, but can he defend the position? Or, can he bulk up a bit more (he's not afraid of hard work in the weight room) and become a four man who can pick and pop or score in the post?
Harper earned first-team All-Atlantic 10 honors after finishing fourth in the league in scoring, 11th in rebounding, fourth in field-goal percentage, eighth in free-throw percentage, second in three-point percentage, fifth in three-pointers per game (2.1) and fifth in defensive rebounds per game (5.4). Harper helped lead Richmond to the A-10 Tournament championship and their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
17.9 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.5 tpg, 1.3 bpg, 31.5 mpg, .543 FG, .465 3PT, .786 FT
Four players on the Richmond team can bench press more than 300 pounds, led by Harper at 330. … Harper led Richmond in three-pointers made, but he also tied for the team lead in old-fashioned three-point plays (seven).
Reminds me of:
Danny Granger, because of his inside-outside ability.
What Insiders Say:
Richmond assistant coach Kevin McGeehan
"He's been talented here since he got here. The day he stepped on campus, we knew he was unbelievably talented and gifted. His progression has a lot to do with hard work and confidence, his belief in his ability."
What Outsiders Say:
Dayton assistant coach Jon Borovich
"He's got an NBA body. [Players] are listed at 6-9, 6-10 when a lot of times they're really 6-7, 6-8. This guy's a legit 6-9. His arms go on forever. He's just tapping into his potential but has made drastic improvement in just a year's time span."
NBA Scouting's Ryan Blake
"He has exploded with his confidence. … He's opened some doors, and when he goes to Portsmouth, doors will open even further."
Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.
|Three-point field goals: 2007-08, 16-for-43 (.372); 2008-09, 44-for-131 (.336); 2009-10, 42-for-122 (.344); 2010-11, 77-for-172 (.448). Totals: 179-for-468 (.382).|