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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