michigan state's garry harris celebrating 2014 ncaa tournament

2014 NBA Draft Player Profile: Gary Harris

michigan state's garry harris celebrating 2014 ncaa tournament
(Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)

Gary Harris
Michigan State – Sophomore (Born 1994)
Shooting Guard
6’5″ 205 lbs


College Accolades:

Big Ten Freshman of the Year (2013)
All-Big Ten Freshman Team (2013)
Second Team All-Big Ten (2013)
Honorable Mention AP All-American (2014)
First Team All-Big Ten (2014)
All-Big Ten Defensive Team (2014)
Big Ten All-Tournament Team (2014)
NCAA Tournament All-East Regional Team (2014)

The Good:

– tenacious defender
– gets lots of steals
– range on his jumper
– good shooter
– very good free throw shooter
– good playmaker
– takes good care of the ball
– very smart player
– physically strong
– experienced
– excelled in high pressure games
– low bust potential – fairly safe pick
– still young – won’t be 20 until September


The Bad:

– undersized for a shooting guard
– relies heavily on his jump shot
– struggles to get to the rim & finish
– poor shooting %
– poor shot selection
– doesn’t draw many fouls
– not a jaw-dropping athlete
– not a huge amount of upside


The Video Proof:

NBA Comparison: 

O.J. Mayo, Shannon Brown


The Skinny:

There’s always a place for “three and D” guys in the NBA, so Gary Harris should be able to carve out a nice career for himself.


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