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Gary Harris Makes Smart Choice, Returns to Michigan State for Sophomore Year

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Gary Harris has been one of the most highly-respected freshmen in all of college basketball this season. He has won awards, made award finalist lists and led his team to the Sweet 16.

What more can this guy do in college that he hasn’t already done? Well, improve on his maturity and, not that it can get any higher, his draft stock.

The freshman guard announced today that he will be returning to school in the fall to help Michigan State‘s title hopes become a reality. The reason he is staying? Well, the kid just enjoys college and he is in no rush to grow up. You can’t blame a kid who has come from a solid background that stressed the importance of education to their son.

He came to college to become a student-athlete. Harris is smart enough to realize which part of that comes first: student. In a statement released today from the university, Harris said that he talked it over with his family and coach Tom Izzo and realized it was the smart thing to do:

“I’m looking forward to my sophomore season with my Spartan brothers. When the season was done, Coach Izzo gathered a lot of great information and shared it with me and my family. I think additional experience and maturity will be huge in my development as a player. I have other dreams of things I want to accomplish, both as a player and as a team at Michigan State.”

If this isn’t one of the most selfless things a young player can say, I don’t know what is. This kid gets it. He came to school, made friends and brothers, helped his team do big things and now he wants to do it all over again next year.

There are big things to come from this Big Ten Freshman of the Year that was a projected NBA lottery pick. Big things.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.