The wonderful world of college hoops is over, for now. Players, coaches and teams are all now off to the cloudy world known as the offseason. Nobody particularly cares about them anymore as they all head into the time where the hard work they put in helps entertain us during the season. It is a lonely, grueling process that if Virginia Cavaliers guard Joe Harris does enough of, it will pay off dividends next season.
Harris had a strong year to begin with. The soon to be senior averaged a shade over 16 points while adding an additional four rebounds per outing. That is some pretty serious production that Harris brought to Virginia, although, it was not enough to help them earn at at-large birth in the big dance.
NIT bound, the Cavaliers did a great job in college basketball’s secondary postseason tournament. A problem did come to light, however, as it seemed like Harris may have run out of gas. In fact, when their season ended on the 27 of March, Harris hadn’t scored more than 20 points in nearly a month. Sure, he had some decent performances, but Virginia needs him to be the star-like player he has shown he is capable of.
Conditioning is going to be what Harris works on most in the offseason. His game for the college level is about as complete as it could be for a 6’6″ guard. The only thing lacking was some consistency as well as becoming a slightly better free-throw shooter. Really his ability at the charity stripe didn’t seem to be a problem until the end of the season — which was probably due to being fatigued from the year.
Any problems that Harris may have with his game could be fixed by working his rear off during the offseason. Everything else is there for him to help the Cavaliers reach the big dance while making him a possible ACC Player of the Year nominee.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JosephNardone