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Michigan State Guard Gary Harris Deserves to Be the Big Ten Freshman of the Year

Mike Carter-USA Today Sports

Should there really be any question of who is most deserving of the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award?

In what is being widely considered as the top conference in college basketball, Michigan State guard Gary Harris has put together an incredible freshman campaign that is more than worthy of the nomination.

On the season, Michigan State has skyrocketed up the rankings and even despite a current three-game losing streak, the Spartans certainly have the making of becoming a viable threat come March. As for Harris, well he leads the team in scoring at 13.3 points per game, while also chipping in with 2.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists, as well.

During league play, Harris has scored in double-figures offensively on 12 of 16 occasions, rising to the challenge when his team has needed him the most. Harris’ ability to score the basketball will be crucial for the Spartans down the stretch and that fact just shows the importance that he has had in his short time in East Lansing.

So, the easy choice for the Big Ten Freshman of the Year is undoubtedly Harris. In addition to his numbers and statistical importance to the Michigan State squad this season, Harris was also named one of eight finalists for the Wayman Tisdale Award on Monday morning.

Harris was the lone Big Ten representative on this list of eight finalists.

As the final week of the regular season winds down, it will be interesting to see if Michigan State can stop their recent skid and re-emerge as the viable conference threat that they have been all season long. A pair of home games should certainly help, as will the continued production of Harris in the back court.

 

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