2014 NBA Draft Profile: Gary Harris
Gary Harris is the third Michigan State Spartans player to score more than 1,000 points in two seasons, joining Mike Robinson and Earvin “Magic” Johnson. He won Big Ten Freshman of the Year, becoming the first Spartan to win the award since 1986. Harris was also a second-team All-Big Ten selection and a Big Ten All-Freshman Team honoree during his freshman campaign.
On Wednesday, June 4, Harris was one of 12 prospects to go through a pre-draft workout in front of Lakers brass at the team's practice facility. PHOTO GALLERY
Below is a transcription of his comments to assembled media members:
Q: On what he’s trying to prove in these workouts:
Harris: Everything. Being more consistent with my shot, working on my ballhandling, working on my decision-making skills, just my all-around game and trying to get better and preparing myself for the next level.
Q: On what he believes the biggest adjustment will be going from college to the pros:
Harris: I talked to a lot of guys but the strength and pace. It may not look like it’s going fast on TV, but things happen quickly. Just getting adjusted. Everybody has their adjustment level going into college, but I’m going to have the same adjustment level going to the NBA.
Q: On what he tells teams his greatest asset is and what he can bring to the table:
Harris: My will to compete on both ends of the floor. I’m going to give it my all no matter what.
- - - - -
- - - - -
Other NBA Draft Combine Measurements
Hand Length: 8.5 inches
Hand Width: 9.5 inches
Standing Reach: 8 feet
Wingspan: 6 feet, 6.75 inches
"Harris is one of the true two-way players in the draft. He's equally effective on both ends of the court, which is a large part of his appeal. Harris can score in multiple ways, both by driving to the basket and from the perimeter and he's capable of guarding both backcourt positions as well. His lack of elite size for his position is the biggest knock scouts have against him. There is also concern that his 3-point shot may not be as good as advertised. After shooting 41 percent from beyond the arc as a freshman, Harris dropped to 35 percent as a sophomore."
*Harris did not participate in the drills portion at the NBA Draft Combine.