After Just Two Years at Michigan State, Gary Harris Leaves Behind a Legacy

By Connor Muldowney
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Just one day after officially declaring for the NBA draft, Michigan State Spartans‘ star — now former star — Gary Harris looks to be headed for a long career at the next level. Many had been speculating the sophomore’s return, but according to many experts, he made the right choice.

Harris, 19, will be passing up a junior season under Tom Izzo and entering the NBA at the perfect time. Not many believe he will slip out of the top 10 in the draft, making his choice all the more correct.

Even though he only played two seasons with the Spartans, the talented, sharp-shooting guard made an impact on the program and even built a legacy for himself. Yes, even after just two short years under Izzo, Harris made a lasting impact on the program.

Not many schools would have been able to attract a player with his talent level for more than one year — many saw him as a one-and-done before he even stepped foot on campus. However, he decided to come back and fight for a national title.

While he never made a Final Four, nor did he win a conference regular season title, he made sure that everyone associated with Michigan State never forgot his name.

After just two seasons, Harris saw his name climb up the all-time scoring leaderboard, racking up 1,025 points — something very few players do in their entire careers with the program.

Not many players have left Izzo’s program early, just five in Izzo’s 19 years, but Harris has been the most ready.

He taught Michigan State what it was like to have a selfless player who loved his teammate more than anyone else. It showed the Spartans that it was inevitable he would be going pro after one or two seasons, but the fact that he considered sticking around for his junior year was a testament to his maturity and love for Michigan State.

Even in just two years, you gave many Michigan State fans some great memories. And for that, they thank you, Gary.

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