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Gary Harris

  • Position: Shooting Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-5 / 205
  • Birthdate: 09/14/1994
  • College: Michigan State
Round 1: Pick 19
Drafted By: Chicago Bulls (traded to Denver Nuggets)
 
Prospect Analysis

Strengths

  • Excellent defender
  • Can get to the rim and finish
  • Can make 3s
  • Good body control
  • Athletic
  • Rebounds his position
  • Good free-throw shooter

 

Weaknesses

  • Slightly undersized for an NBA two-guard
  • Could be more consistent from 3

 

NBA projection: Harris is generally considered the No. 2 shooting guard in the draft, and many analysts believe he’ll be a lottery pick.

 

2013-14 Season

Harris earned Big Ten first-team honors while leading the Spartans to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament. He also earned a spot on the All-Big Ten defensive team.

 

Key statistics: 16.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.8 spg, 1.7 tpg, 32.3 mpg, .429 FG, .352 3PT, .810 FT

 

Cool statistic: Harris is just the third Michigan State player to score 1,000 or more points in two seasons, behind Mike Robinson (1,202) and Magic Johnson (1,059).

 

Reminds me of: Bradley Beal

 

What Insiders Say

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo

“I expect Gary to be a high pick in the draft, but more importantly, I know that he is well prepared for a long career.”

 

What Outsiders Say

NBA Northwest Division executive

“I think he has a chance to be a really good pro defender. When you’re talking about two guards, he might be the best two-way player in college.”

 

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 "What makes him coveted, at least from my perspective, is that he was with (Michigan State Coach Tom) Izzo all that time," an Eastern Conference general manager said. "That kid comes in as a grown-ass contributor, because all he's tried to do is produce."

 

Harris' shooting numbers went down this season, even as his scoring average increased. But scouts think he's a pretty good catch-and-shoot player. He was hampered with a series of nagging injuries throughout the season, and he'll have to show pro scouts he can come off of screens and sets better than he displayed in college. He also must improve his ballhandling, and some scouts are concerned about his size. More>>

 

 

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch