It has been 14 years since Tom Izzo last experienced what it felt like to be atop the college basketball world. Yes, it’s been that long since the Michigan State Spartans won a national title and in East Lansing, that’s far too long for such a successful basketball program.
Well, that drought may last at least one more year because Izzo’s Spartans are losing a lot of talent to the NBA draft in Adreian Payne, Gary Harris and Keith Appling. However, the addition of junior transfer Eron Harris to next year’s squad may help put this low expectation-filled 2014-15 season behind the Spartans very quickly.
Transferring from West Virginia, Harris was highly sought after and many top college programs were hoping that he would bring his services to their campus for at least one more season.
Izzo knows how to find talent and this former three-star recruit has just what the legendary coach wants and needs. Sure, the upcoming season might end with a Sweet 16 appearance at most, but the following year could be one of his best at Michigan State.
Harris, who averaged 17.2 points and 3.5 rebounds last season, will join forces with Denzel Valentine, Matt Costello, Lourawls Nairn, Devon Bess, Alvin Ellis III, Kenny Kaminski and a few other top-tier recruits for his junior season in 2015-16.
If Izzo does add a couple top recruits like he’s expected to, Harris will ensure the Spartans are a national title contender and, who knows, maybe even a favorite to begin the season.
Known for his gifted touch from long range, Harris will be relied on heavily for offense, but Izzo will need to get him going on defense if he wants to turn Harris from just a transfer into a first-team All-Big Ten type of player.
Expectations will be high in East Lansing, Mich., in 2015 thanks to Eron Harris.
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