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Gary Harris Declares for NBA Draft, More Than Ready for Next Level

Gary Harris

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Michigan State SpartansGary Harris is taking his talents to the next level, according to ESPN.com. Harris still had two years left of eligibility, but he will try his luck in the 2014 NBA Draft. Harris is more than ready to make the leap to the pros.

As a sophomore, Harris averaged 16.7 points per game, four rebounds per game and 2.7 assists per game. He also shot 35.2 percent from behind the arc.

Harris probably could have left after his freshman season and he still would have been fine. However, he got another year of college hoops experience under his belt.

He is a very good athlete — what you would want in a shooting guard — and a pretty good ball-handler as well. His three-point shooting percentage decreased this season, but he also took more shots. He made 81 threes on the year — led Michigan State in that department.

Although the Spartans ended up losing in the Elite Eight, Harris went out with a bang. He scored 22 points on 4-of-9 shooting from behind the arc.

It is important to note that Harris led the Spartans in scoring. This is the same Spartans team that had Adreian Payne, Branden Dawson and Keith Appling on the team.

Is Harris a little undersized for the shooting guard position? Yes, but that is okay. He is still a capable driver, great shooter and very athletic. Undersized or not, Harris is still easily one of the best shooting guards in the draft and he should hear his name called in the first round of this summer’s draft.

Trevor Lowry is a Senior Writer and Copy Editor at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.