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Michigan State Spartans Gary Harris Has the Most Upside

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Whether if Michigan State Spartans Gary Harris declares for the 2013 NBA Draft or stays another year at Michigan State, he has the most upside to him out of this year’s team.

That is saying a lot, considering that so many player’s on the team could be picked in this year’s NBA draft, but Harris is that good and he was only a freshman this season.

As a freshman, Harris averaged 12.9 points per game this season, shooting 45.6 percent from the field and 41.1 percent from behind the arc. With that said, Harris is a great shooter and his 6’4” height helps him out a lot–at least at the college level. In the NBA, Harris would likely stay at the shooting guard position. His height may put him at a small advantage in college, but at the next level, he would be undersized at his position, which obviously is not the end of the world and does not decide everything.

Harris can still clearly dribble the ball and he is athletic. Oh yeah, he is a great defender as well, which makes him a steal in the draft whenever he does decide to declare.

One game may not decide everything, but after the way Harris played against the Duke Blue Devils in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, you would think that he would want to stay in school at least one more year to develop a little bit more. Harris shot 2-11 from the field against Duke and only scored six points, whereas the opposing shooting guard Seth Curry, scored 29 points.

Whether if it is coming back for his sophomore season or going pro, Harris has the most upside on Michigan State and he should be successful either way.


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