Gary HarrisHt/Wt: 6' 4" / 210 lbs
Team: Michigan St.
2014 Draft Profile - Gary HarrisStrengths:
Well-rounded scorer who can really do it all. Shoots it well from deep and has a nice midrange game. Can get to the rim with ease due to quick first step and a muscular frame. Tough to stop in the lane but not because of his leaping ability but because he knows how to use his body. Harris is able to create his own shot with ease. Uses screens very well and understands when to curl or fade out for an easy jump shot.
On the defensive end, Harris is just as valuable. Has quick hands and can stay in front of smaller guards due to lateral quickness. Good length for a shooting guard. Plays very hard and won’t be an issue on or off the court. Attacks the rim hard in transition and not afraid of contact. Jumper is already good but will continue to improve from deep.
Young for his class which helps give even more upside. Never out of control, knows when he needs to score and does it from every which way.
Doesn’t have the ideal size for a two guard. Needs to keep improving on his dribbling and won’t wow you with any one move. Game seems like it may be done growing. Solid athlete but won’t posterize anyone in the league.
In the half court set Harris seems to settle a bit too much. Likes to pull up off two dribbles and shoot a longer two than getting in the lane and causing havoc. Could be a better passer and setup his teammates a bit more.
Needs to get to the line more to complete his offensive package. Overall with Harris, what you see is what you get.
PPG: 16.7 RBG: 4.0 APG: 2.7 SPG: 1.8 BPG: 0.4 FG%: 45.6 FT%: 75.5 3PT%: 41.1
Player profile submitted by: Corey Hansford - April 24th
After a prolific freshman season in which he was the Big 12 Freshman of the Year, Harris has had another big year for the Spartans, averaging 17.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, and nearly three assists.
Although his shooting numbers have declined a bit, if you want a guy that can come out and shoot it any which way, Harris can do it. He can create for himself off the bounce with a quick two dribble attack, or just straight up catch and shoot. He is also very solid coming off screens and knows the proper time to come off it and shoot, or drive to the rim.
While most thought of Harris as just a shooter after his freshman campaign, he worked hard in the weight room to develop his body and put on solid muscle. This allows him to attack the rim and finish off the bounce and not be rattled by bigger bodies in the paint. This also helps him rebound the ball on the defensive side, which he does well for being a small two guard at the next level.
One concern for Harris (and there’s nothing he can do about it) is his size. He is considered a small two guard at the next level, and could be easily taken advantage of by bigger, stronger, guards. The good thing is Harris is a competitor on both ends and plays solid defense to start. He also has great hands, which allow him to have almost two steals a game this season.
The biggest thing about Harris is GM’s already know what type of player he is. He isn’t some athletic freak like a few of the top prospects in this year’s class, but he is a solid, steady player who will help your team in every aspect. He can score the ball and does everything well, but he won’t ever be a number one option. For not being that franchise player that lottery teams need, he will be an absolute steal if some playoff team can trade up and snatch him. He’s a very tough player on the court and any team will be lucky to have him, bu the question remains if he will ever be more than a number three option. I believe he can be and it may be a matter of time, but the silky smooth player is definitely someone I would want on my roster.
Player profile submitted by: Elliot Cook of Lakers Nation - March 15th
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