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Report: Possible lottery pick Gary Harris of Michigan State to declare for draft

Apr 14, 2014, 5:03 PM EDT

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I don’t have a lot of rules I like to see teams follow in the draft, but there is one I do like:

Take the guys that can shoot the rock. They almost always can find a place in the league.

Which means teams should take Gary Harris on Michigan State, who as expected is going to declare the for draft, reports Jeff Goodman of ESPN.

This past season he carried an injury riddled Spartan team scoring 16.7 points a game and shooting 35 percent from three (it was 42 percent from three as a freshman when defenses were not focused on him, he can shoot). He’s got good size for an NBA two guard — 6’5” and 210 pounds, plus he’s a good athlete.

PBT’s draft expert Ed Isaacoson of NBADraftblog.com and Rotoworld added that Harris has a great feel for the game on both ends — he’s a good defender now with the potential to become great.

There had been questions about how he would adapt to the NBA level but he seemed to answer those this season.

He’s expected to be picked in the teens, late lottery or just after. In the right situation he could make a real impact as a rookie.

  1. sumkat - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    I think he is destined for Philly, with the Pelicans pick. His relative small size can be made up for with MCW’s relatively large size. Those 2, Noel and whoever they get at the top of the draft will be the core going forward.

    • 5xchamp24 - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      MCW is 6’6″ 185lbs. Harris is 6’5″ 210lbs. Kobe, for example, is 6’6″ 205lbs. Harris should do just fine all by himself, and he possibly is still growing cause hes only 19.

  2. saint1997 - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Gives me major Bradley Beal vibes

    • sumkat - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:34 AM

      Possible, but I haven’t seen the defensive willingness, and leadership ability from Beal that I have seen from Harris. Not saying Beal can’t defend, or doesnt’ have leadership ability, just that I havent’ seen it. That could have more to do with him being in Florida with a more stacked team and not needing to lead, and it’s not like rookies are generally leaders in the league. But I have already seen those qualities in Harris.

      They are both young, and their games have plenty of room to develop. But I think, coming out of college, Harris is a more complete player

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