2013 NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Elias Harris, Power Forward, Gonzaga

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Name: Elias Harris

Age: 23

Height: 6-foot-7

Position: Power Forward

School/Country: Gonzaga

Latest Stats: 14.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.2 spg

 

Gonzaga senior power forward Elias Harris wasn’t originally expected to be a four year player for the Bulldogs, but the age of 23, here he is — entering the 2013 NBA Draft. After his freshman season, Harris could have opted to leave and in that window, the 6-foot-7 forward, was perceived to be a first round talent. Harris had a productive senior season, averaging 14.6 points and 7.4 rebounds for a Gonzaga team that ranks at the top in school history. Over the past few years however, Harris’ draft stock has taken a serious tumble and at this point, he’s not a likely candidate to hear his name called on draft night.

Harris is rangy for the power forward position and he has the ability to step out and play on the perimeter, but he’s never really expanded that outside game. Harris will have to prove his worth in pre-draft workouts to hope for a summer league opportunity.

 

Strengths: Harris does have the ability to step out and play on the perimeter and he can score when he’s on. Harris has a good basketball IQ and he is not afraid to get physical down low and get to the free throw line.

 

Weaknesses: Harris never eclipsed his 14.9 points per game mark that he recorded as a freshman back in 2009-10. His draft stock has slipped since then and he’s in a tough position in terms of position. He doesn’t have the best quickness or ability to score on the perimeter and at 6-foot-7, he’s undersized for the power forward position.

 

Draft Projection: Undrafted

 

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