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Michigan State Basketball: Gary Harris Could Realistically Pass up NBA Draft

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The Michigan State Spartans‘ dream season has finally come to a close. High expectations followed by crippled realities hampered the Spartans’ shot at a Final Four and an eventual national title. One question still remains, however, as Gary Harris has still yet to decide his future. Will he stay at Michigan State or head to the NBA draft and a big payday?

Michigan State might be out of the tourney already, but the Spartans are still hoping for some good news to begin the offseason.

If there was any star player who could seriously consider and act on a return, it would be Harris. In case you don’t remember, the sophomore superstar decided to come back for a sophomore season after being projected as a lottery pick in the NBA draft after a stellar freshman year.

Assuming Harris stays, he would become one of the top 10 or 11 scorers in school history and if he ended up staying for two more years, Harris would have a crack at becoming Michigan State’s all-time leading scorer, passing up Shawn Respert.

Hitting the 1,000-point mark as a sophomore is quite an accomplishment, but Harris knows his value in the NBA draft. He knows for a fact he would likely end up as a top-10 pick if he departs early.

Coming from a solid family in which school is highly-valued, Harris considering a return should come as no surprise to anyone. People who have pegged him as a sure departure might not know his background.

This is a kid who eventually wants to earn his degree, regardless if he leaves early or not.

Sure, Harris is probably 80/20 when it comes to leaving, but there is that 20 percent chance he returns to try and win a title — something that this team fell short of this season. If both Harris and Branden Dawson return, Tom Izzo would have a top-10 squad to start the 2014-15 season.

People are writing his return off already, so let me be the first to tell you not to be surprised if Harris returns for a junior title run.

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