Michigan State Basketball: USC Transfer Byron Wesley Could Take Gary Harris’ Place
Just a few days ago, Michigan State Spartans star Gary Harris decided to pass on another year in East Lansing, Mich., and head to the NBA draft. While many expected that move, filling the talented two-guard’s position will not be easy because he was a superstar for MSU.
Well, the Spartans could have just stumbled into some luck as USC Trojans transfer Byron Wesley has show interest in the green and white.
Schools vying for USC transfer Byron Wesley per his AAU coach: Cincy, Baylor, Indiana, Providence, Gonzaga, Michigan State, Pitt, OK State.
— Jeff Eisenberg (@JeffEisenberg) April 21, 2014
The guard from USC will be eligible to play immediately since he is graduating this semester. With Harris gone, this gives Tom Izzo a strong selling point for the veteran guard who averaged 17.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists last season.
Going by the numbers, Harris didn’t have quite the season, on paper, that Wesley did. Harris averaged 16.7 points and 4.0 rebounds while shooting just 42.9 percent from the field while Wesley shot just north of 46 percent.
Wesley will need to improve his three-point jumper, however, as he shot a dismal 33.8 percent from behind the ark last season while shooting a much better 39.7 percent the year before.
This would be the perfect addition for the Spartans who were hoping Montaque Gill-Caesar would reclassify to the 2014 class — which didn’t happen. Now there is a spot open for one more scholarship player and Wesley would be that fill-in.
Adding a transfer who averaged nearly 18 points and six rebounds per game at USC isn’t a bad consolation for the loss of Harris. Izzo needs to make this happen.
Wesley narrows his list to five this week.
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